Possum Skin Cloak (painting)
Wrap Culture Around You - Cloaks, Clothing and Jewellery
The inspiration for this painting came from an old postcard of Lake Tyers which my mother had in her collection. I have painted a different picture - the grey mission blanket has been replaced by a traditional possum skin. Mission took away and sometimes prohibited traditional customs and, in doing so, stripped people of their identities and well-being. Mission blankets became wet and sodden, not protecting people from the elements. The result was suffering and illness. Traditional possum skins related to moiety, clan and nation identity, and this was also taken away. The fabric of society, economically, culturally and spiritually, was taken from people. I have given this back and presented the woman and child with their identity again.
JENNY MURRAY-JONES Yorta Yorta