Dhungala Woka, River Country
Dhungala Woka, River Country
Dhungala Woka, River Country
Dhungala Woka, River Country

Dhungala Woka, River Country

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Aboriginal people have been the caretakers for country since time immemorial. Our strong connection to country runs through our blood, it is in our spirit. When country is sick, we feel sick, we are unsettled. We believe that if we look after country – woka –it will look after us. Traditional methods of firesticks were used in controlled burning to promote regeneration of native grasses and medicinal plants. Firestick markings and new regrowth are signified by the broken sections around the river.

Campsites line the riverbanks along the long and winding Dhungala, the Murray River. Grandfather river redgums provide canopies of shelter, they are the seeds of our ancestors and their stories are in the bark, their stories are in the scars. Land and water knowledge is taught from birth, we are taught the significance of caring for country and not to disrupt nature, to only take what is needed so it can heal and grow again.


Simone Thomson 

Acrylic on canvas - 60 x 75 cm. Ready to hang.

* This artwork is also available as a print

* All images, stories and Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property remain that of the Artist.

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Our paper Fine Art Prints are meticulously printed to order through Southern Buoy Printing, Mornington. Your print will arrive in acid-free sleeves safeguarded in protective tubes or envelopes.

Please allow ten to fourteen business days from the time of ordering to receiving your print within Australia. Please allow four weeks for international postage. You will receive an email and tracking number when your print has been despatched. 

Need care and delivery info on our original pieces?

Our original pieces are part of our spirit. They are are created with pieces of ourselves and our sacred cultural knowledge. We take the transporting of such special creations very seriously, therefore all originals are firstly wrapped in layers of foam wrapping before several layers of bubble wrap. The pieces are then fitted into customised cardboard boxes and labelled with fragile stickers. They are then placed into the hands of the experts and transported to their new home. 

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My connection to country

My inspiration

My people are river people, we are spiritually connected to the Dhungala (the Murray River) and the Birrarung (the Yarra River). I grew up around these rivers, I grew up between Cummergunga on Yorta-Yorta country and at the foothills of the Dandenongs at Corranderk on Woiwurrung land. These are the resting places of my ancestors.