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The Emu, being the largest bird, was acknowledged as king by the other birds. The Turkeys were jealous of the Emus, particularly the Goomble-Gubbon, the mother of the Turkeys. Goomble-Gubbon used to wonder how she could put an end to the Emu’s supremacy. She knew she would gain nothing by having a quarrel with the Emu and fighting her, for no Goomble-Gubbon would stand any chance against a Dinewan.

Jenny is a Kamilaroi woman and is a member of the Worimi Aboriginal Land Council. She is mother of seven children and works with disaffected Indigenous youth. Her experiences are reflected in her art as she relates stories in her own unique way.



Print measures 370 mm X 290 mm (37 cm x 29 cm) approx

One day when Goomble-Gubbon saw in the distance Dinewan coming towards her she squatted down and doubled in her wings in such a way as to look as if she had none. She tricked the Emus into cutting off their wings. HA HA HA laughed the Turkey, jumping up and down with joy and said, “I have taken you in, old stumpy wings. I have my wings, yet you are so easily taken in, old stumpy wings” Emu walked away, vowing she would be revenged.

At length, the Emu thought of a plan, then she paraded past the Plain Turkey with her two young ones. Goomble-Gubbon asked her why she only had two children and the Emu replied, “It is too hard to find food for twelve children, it is easy to feed only two.” And straight away the plain turkey killed all but two of her children. “I tricked you into doing that because you tricked me into cutting off my wings.” And ever since that time, Emu has had no wings and the Plain Turkey has only laid two eggs in one season.


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Each framed print is printed on quality 300 GSM silk matte paper, is one of only 30 available, is individually numbered and signed by artist with certificate of authenticity. Genuine Aboriginal Art from the Hunter Valley region in NSW, Australia. Perfect house warming gift.

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