Yawk Yawk are female water spirits that closely resemble the European idea of mermaids. Half spirit, half fish, they entice unwary fishermen beneath the water of the lagoons that are their domain throughout Arnhem Land. They may have long hair like reeds of trailing water weed and can take on the features of fish or body of a snake. When fully grown Yawk Yawk spirits can leave their water hole to forage for food by changing their fishtails into legs to walk on dry land or assume the shape of a dragonfly to fly. Yawk Yawk figures are also closely associated with Ngaloyd, the Rainbow Serpent and can be associated with sorcery. The material worn by the Yawk Yawk is Wild Flora Apricot by Christine Doolan. Christine paints Fresh Life after rain. Central Australia is an Arid region and when rain falls the area bursts into bloom with wild flowers. Christine is from the famous Doolan Family of artists, in the community of Santa Teresa. The Northern Territory of Australia is a beautiful place. The area is semi-desert but you can see the greenery of nature along the MacDonald range. If there is a good winter rain people will see colourful flowers almost everywhere. Made from cotton.
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