Artist: Jack Green
Our old people were chased and shot like animals. – 2023
Acrylic on Canvas – 71 x 71 cm
At the top of the painting are three men standing on the hills. These are Garrwa people the owners of the country, looking out across their wide lands. They been chased up to the high country from Wollogorang to Calvert by men on horses with big hunting guns. The men on horses come at the people from two ways and chase them into a cave where the men, women and children try to hide. The white men come into the cave and shoot everyone dead. My ancestors were chased and shot like animals by white men on horses who wanted our land for their cattle. We only had spears, boomerangs and rocks and they had these huge big elephant hunting rifles. This is how they took our land.