Rita Walker: Australia (Blog Four) by Dan Watt and Taylor Norris (reference links at bottom)
A totem is an object or thing in nature that is adopted as a family or clan emblem. Different clans are assigned different totems and, in some cases, individuals are given personal totems at birth. In the Torres Strait, people wear personal pendants, which are mostly carved out of wood, turtle shell or shells and often represent the person’s totem. There are well-established rules about when they can wear the pendants, often only during ceremonies or rituals.
As a school of trout Rita has to let the trout do what they naturally would so she asks Dilga if she can enter the dreamtime.
Rita floats bodiless in space. She looks down and sees a group of women known as the Djunkgao sisters shrouded in mist. They are naming the Australian animals and clans. One is making sacred wells with a yam stick. The image disappears.
Again mist swirls around, and this time Rita sees the youngest sister observing the ocean’s current. A male figure related to the sisters accosts her. Angry words are exchanged. The man forces the youngest sister to the ground. Unable to stop what happens next Rita goes elsewhere to avoid the sight of the father, uncle, or brother raping the youngest sister.
In the next image all the sisters are standing on land looking up into the sky. To spite the man, they all know, for what he did to their youngest sister, they have become dormant. Now the land grows dry and overheated from lack of rain.
“Think of water as the sisters, and pollution as the man who raped the youngest sister,” Dilga’s voice echoes in her thoughts. “There are parallels between the past, the present, and the future. Follow the trail of coal as energy and encourage alternatives and less destructive uses. It’s time for the Djunkgao sisters to come home. Thank your…friend…for what he is already doing.”
Blue Mountain Jenolan Caves background pic by Peter Samuel with Rita Walker body makeup by @amasonart Alannah Mason, model Taylor Norris, picture of model by Dan Watt