Yelka Yabini Waaly (Hawks Healing the Cuckoo Spirit Bird), 2018


The cuckoo bird is known for stealing other birds’ eggs from their nests, so in this painting my ancestors have sent the healing hawks on spirit-winds to circle the cuckoo bird, urging him to find his spirit and break the cycle. He does this through ceremonial healing. This painting depicts that hope and optimism can change one’s ways with enough discipline and support.

The title is in my grandson’s Noongar language. The artwork is Yorta Yorta design.

This artwork can only be collected from The Torch office in St Kilda. The Torch can recommend couriers to be engaged and paid for by the buyer.

87 × 83 cm | Acrylic on Canvas | Cat. no: 474-18