Kangaroo Man near Lake MacKay (1998)
Kangaroo Man was one of the ancestral spirits from the dreamtime. These spirits had the gift of morphogenesis. They could change their shape from being amorphous and unseen to the physical shapes of animals and birds.
Kangaroo is a man’s dreaming, and part of it forms the law describing how a kangaroo should be cooked, with fierce penalties applying to any man not following this edict. This is complied with even today, and determines all the aspects of dealing with and sharing out all part of the kangaroo once it has been killed.
Linda’s Father, Rintje Tjungarryi, was descended from the Ancestral Kangaroo men and therefore owned many of the stories and dreamings associated with them. Linda’s stepfather Shorty, before he died in 1985, passed on many of the stories and gave Linda permission to paint them. Linda will in turn, hand down this information to a young member of her own family. In this way, part of the spiritual background of Aboriginality will be preserved as a lasting testament.