In my drawing you can see the spiral rings that represent the bottom of the sea where the turtle eats the sea grass.
Karr Lar Kubkub by Emma Gela
Karr is the language name for Parrot fish, Lar Kubkub means school of fish. This picture shows a school of parrot fish swimming together over the reef as they eat shells and coral. Karr is my tribal totem and traditionally my people had a feast of Karr and wild yam, Ketel at our village Karaidog.
Dibi Dibi by Florence Gutchen
Dibi Dibi is made from the base of the Wauri or cone shell. it is worn by menfolk on special occasions such as trading business and intertribal negotiations. This piece demonstrates the connection to our land, sea and each other.
Alida by Racy Oui-Pitt
Alida is a shield shape piece of baler shell worn as a groin plate during fighting, dancing and hunting. In my picture the canoes are being pushed out over the reef by warriors. The shell would also be collected for water carriers and the meat would be shared amongst families and eaten.
Mother of the Sand by Ellarose Savage
Weapu is the traditional name for mother of the sand which is an insect that lives in the sand. In before time, designs taken from this small insect were used in body decorations and necklaces. Through my research I have found many such references to sand lions and so I have chosen to bring it to life once more.
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