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Emu Dreaming - Emus, Emu Eggs & Emu Tucker Paintings

Emu paintings in Aboriginal art show many aspects of the life cycle of the emu – tracks, nesting, food sources & Dreaming sites and stories – Japingka

Emu Artworks

Emu paintings in Aboriginal art show many aspects of the life cycle of this animal. As one of the largest animals on the Australian continent, the emu represents an important food source for traditional Aboriginal groups. The large eggs of the emu are also highly prized as a bush food.

Aboriginal people are skilled trackers and hunters and rely on their knowledge of nature and the environment to assist them. By knowing what sorts of bush foods attract the emu, the hunter knows where the birds will be during certain times of year. Emu tucker is the grass seeds that attract the birds so knowledge of these locations helps the hunter.

The Emu is an integral part of the Dreaming stories of inland Australia. One story tells how the flightless bird lost his ability to fly. In the Creation story the emu was burned by a bush fire that damaged his wings and so he could no longer fly. The nesting habits of the emu also feature in Dreamtime stories. The male emu takes on responsibility for the eggs in the nest and hatches them and raises the chicks. Emu Dreaming sites in Central Australia are associated with male initiation rituals and the ceremonies are held in important locations on the Emu Dreaming tracks.

The emu is represented in Aboriginal art in many forms including the tracks, nesting sites, food locations, Creation Ancestor images and the form of the bird from rock art sites and from contemporary paintings.

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Bush Food and Bush Tucker by Louise Daniels

Louise Daniels  |  Bush Food and Bush Tucker

Jap 007260  |  acrylic on canvas  |  55 x 40 cm

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Yankirri Jukurrpa – Emu Dreaming by Ormay Nangala Gallagher

Ormay Nangala Gallagher  |  Yankirri Jukurrpa – Emu Dreaming

Jap 012546  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 61 cm

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Emu Seeds by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Emu Seeds

Jap 012748  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 60 cm

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Emu Dreaming by Sharon Numina

Sharon Numina  |  Emu Dreaming

Jap 013890  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 85 cm

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Desert Storm by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Desert Storm

Jap 000651  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

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Kalaya Tjina – Emu Footprints by Alec Baker

Alec Baker  |  Kalaya Tjina – Emu Footprints

Jap 008922  |  acrylic on canvas  |  151 x 101 cm

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Emu Seed by Marlene Harold

Marlene Harold  |  Emu Seed

Jap 010025  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 74 cm

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Wandjina and Emu by Mabel King

Mabel King  |  Wandjina and Emu

Jap 008096  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 74 cm

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Ngura – Country by Alec Baker

Alec Baker  |  Ngura – Country

Jap 010781  |  acrylic on canvas  |  101 x 101 cm

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Emu Dreaming by Teddy Jakamarra Gibson

Teddy Jakamarra Gibson  |  Emu Dreaming

Jap 009432  |  acrylic on canvas  |  46 x 46 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming

Jap 008325  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 007466  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

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Kalaya Tjukurpa – Emu Dreaming by Jimmy Baker

Jimmy Baker  |  Kalaya Tjukurpa – Emu Dreaming

Jap 005107  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Emu Men at Walukarrinja by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Emu Men at Walukarrinja

Jap 009073  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 30 cm

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Billabong by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Billabong

Jap 010350  |  limited edition lithograph  |  46 x 37 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 007651  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Emu Dreaming by Teddy Jakamarra Gibson

Teddy Jakamarra Gibson  |  Emu Dreaming

Jap 009427  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 61 cm

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Kalaya Tjina – Emu Footprints by Alec Baker

Alec Baker  |  Kalaya Tjina – Emu Footprints

Jap 008918  |  acrylic on canvas  |  41 x 41 cm

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Emu Dreaming by Lee Nangala Gallagher-Wayne

Lee Nangala Gallagher-Wayne  |  Emu Dreaming

Jap 009316  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 46 cm

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Kalaya Tjukurpa (Emu Dreaming) by Jimmy Baker

Jimmy Baker  |  Kalaya Tjukurpa (Emu Dreaming)

Jap 004931  |  acrylic on linen  |  182 x 121 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 007647  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

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Emu and Bush Turkey by Doris Gingingara

Doris Gingingara  |  Emu and Bush Turkey

Jap 011137  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  92 x 40 cm

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Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu by Karen Napaljarri Barnes

Karen Napaljarri Barnes  |  Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu

Jap 010435  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 30 cm

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Wuntarra Karraji by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Wuntarra Karraji

Jap 008212  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  50 x 33 cm

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Ngura – Country by Alec Baker

Alec Baker  |  Ngura – Country

Jap 010786  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 92 cm

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Old Man Hunting Emu by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Old Man Hunting Emu

Jap 002127  |  acrylic on canvas  |  95 x 92 cm

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Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu by Karen Napaljarri Barnes

Karen Napaljarri Barnes  |  Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu

Jap 010901  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 46 cm

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Yam Seed and Emu Tucker by Dolly Mills Petyarre

Dolly Mills Petyarre  |  Yam Seed and Emu Tucker

Jap 000146  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

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Ngura – Country by Alec Baker

Alec Baker  |  Ngura – Country

Jap 010787  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 91 cm

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Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu by Pauline Nampijinpa Singleton

Pauline Nampijinpa Singleton  |  Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu

Jap 008996  |  acrylic on canvas  |  46 x 30 cm

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Emu Dreaming by Karen Napaljarri Barnes

Karen Napaljarri Barnes  |  Emu Dreaming

Jap 011180  |   acrylic on linen  |  76 x 30 cm

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Yam Seed and Emu Tucker by Dolly Mills Petyarre

Dolly Mills Petyarre  |  Yam Seed and Emu Tucker

Jap 000147  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

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Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu by Ormay Nangala Gallagher

Ormay Nangala Gallagher  |  Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu

Jap 005933  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 61 cm

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Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) – Ngarlikurlangu by Lee Nangala Gallagher-Wayne

Lee Nangala Gallagher-Wayne  |  Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) – Ngarlikurlangu

Jap 008997  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 46 cm

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Yam Seed & Emu Tucker by Dolly Mills

Dolly Mills  |  Yam Seed & Emu Tucker

Jap 000144  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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