Hunting for Snake by Julie Kemarre Sandover

Hunting for Snake

The community of Ampilatwatja made a conscious decision not to paint ‘altyerr’ dreaming stories. The artists paint their country where those stories sit.

Julie has painted her favourite hunting country after rain. “This is when the storm ants come and make the goannas nice and fat, the ground is soft for digging honey ants and it’s when the bush foods and grasses come up and grow strong. And we find fat snakes. The country is normally bare with small stones and rocks everywhere, but after rain, everything comes alive.”

Julie is a tremendous hunter, she is skilled in reading tracks and reading the land. Painting hunting country is important and special to her.