About this artwork
Zuga Zug (Witch’s Chant) Winner Works on Paper at 28th Telstra Indigenous Art Award
Zuga Zug is a cameo from the epic tale by the artist in his earlier 2.6 metre hand coloured linocut titled Dogai Zug.
The story is about a dispute between the villagers of Kulbaikulbai and a witch or Dogai that lived on Zurath. Â BothÂ Kulbaikulbai and Zurath are small islands close to the artist’s island of Badu. Â A man called Gabu Kai Kai was involved in an altercation with the Dogai and summonsed his fellow islanders to seek revenge. Â They paddled their canoe to Zurath and confronted the Dogai and cut off her right arm and breasts. Â The breasts were thrown into the sea and the arm was taken back toÂ Kulbaikulbai where the young boys ied it to a tree and sued it as a target for spearing practice.
That night the Dhogai came looking for her appendages. Â She was unable to find her breasts, however she found her arm and chanted, “come to me my arm”. Â She removed her arm from the tree and reattached it to her body. Â Zuga Zug refers to the chant made by the Dhogai. Â The dhogai’s breasts can be seen today as rocky outcrops in the sea between Zurath andÂ Kulbaikulbai just south of Badu.
All the visual elements relating to the story can be seen in the print.
Image size: 50 x 95 cm
Paper size: 80 x 120 cm
Frame size: 89 x 130 cm