Red Butte Way, 2022


  • 60cm x 60cm
  • 2022
  • Ochre and Acrylic on Canvas
  • Catalog No: 1106-79/22

Red Butte is a hill in Ngarrgooroon Country.

Artist Churchill Cann said Goodbarriya, Churchill’s grandmother, took off from Ngarrgooroon Country when it was taken by white pastoralists and turned into Texas Downs Cattle station. Goodbarriya was looking for sweet sugarbag (bush honey) one day when horns started growing from her head. Churchill said: ‘She felt shame and didn’t want to go back home.’ So she stayed in a cave at Red Butte for the rest of her days. Here she became ‘clever’, and the station managers never found her.

*”Clever” is a term used by Kriol speakers to indicate that a person has special powers these might described as ‘healing’ or ‘magic’.