I went to visit my ancestor’s country (Wirnpa) with my family. When we arrived there, we had to break branches to meet the rainbow serpent. It was the first time I felt this spirit, the first time I had been touched by my ancestors.
Everybody cried tears of joy. I was so happy when I arrived. I walked around and collected sand frogs, witchetty grubs and other bush foods. It was mostly
young people that went back to country because it is up to the young people to keep that knowledge. That’s why the old people tell us stories and we have to listen carefully.
Once they give the stories to us, it is our role to hand these down to our children which is what I do in my paintings.
Most of the old people are gone now and it is up to us to keep the knowledge of Wirnpa alive.