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The Bush Dragonfly: Aboriginal babies that are born in the dry season share this time of the birth with the dragonfly, which hums and buzzes in the air, celebrating the birth of the new season. Aboriginal grandmothers use the dragonflies to test babies’ hearing.


They catch the dragonfly making them buzz near the babies’ ears. When the baby responds, we know that they have good hearing. If not, the elders of the tribe bring the dragonfly closer so the baby can feel the vibration and sound of its wings, then they sing to the spirits and the dragonfly to help the newborn to grow and be able to communicate.



So, if you see a dragonfly buzzing around a baby, it is just looking and checking the baby’s response because that’s what they do. In the past, everyone worked together – dragonflies, grandmothers and the spirits.



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.

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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

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Dragonfly over Desert Heat Framed Ltd Ed Print

Jen Bailey

Size: 39w x 27h cms

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Only 30 produced on 300gsm premium silk matte paper
Genuine Aboriginal Art from the Hunter Valley region in NSW, Australia
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Measures 11.8 in x 8.26 in
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