2021 Melbourne Art Trams: Ray Thomas
Monday 4 October
"Djeetgun, the female blue wren, is the wrukut (womens) totem of the Gunnai people of Gippsland. The Gunnai nation consist of five clan groups. My family are from the Brabrawooloong clan. Our country begins just east of Stratford and takes in the Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo rivers and all their water tributaries. To the north we are locked by the mountains while our southern boundary ends around Paynesville and the lakes. The patterning in my design pays respect to my Ancestors. These markings have been inspired by the shields that were collected in the late 1800s by the squatters from the area at the time."