Brolga Dreaming


Acrylic on Canvas

Connect & Discover

It was within yarning with Elders that connections to personal totems was explained to me, and the way these totems will present themselves. When I started dancing as a young girl, I would always unknowingly mimic the Brolga’s ‘Burralgang’ ‘s fluid, graceful movements. When dancing traditional Aboriginal dance, I always drawn to song lines involving the Burralgang. It was in reflection that even the first animal I painted was a Burralgang, as they hold so much meaning and significance to me for the way they hold themselves and express who they are to one another.

Gather & Create

The discovery led me to create another piece, which is this beauty, which I call “Brolga Dreaming”. This painting is a representation of how I interpret the Dreaming story.

Brolga, as our Dreamtime stories share, was a young girl that captivated everyone with her dancing, including Waiwera the evil Spirit. One day, he decided to take her. Waiwera swept Brolga up and off her feet in a willy-willy ‘dust storm’. When the elders & community went to find Brolga, what they found was a tall, beautiful, gray bird that danced gracefully as she flapped her wings. That’s when Burralgung became who she is today.

As one of my favourite Dreaming stories, I then created this beautiful acrylic painting on canvas. The result was this piece of a breathtaking and graceful bird whom I recognise as my personal totem.

Leticia Anne Designs & Co Brown Element
acrylic painting

Share & Embrace

At present, it’s displayed in my home and also has held a space on the wall that THE ROOST Newcastle when I was co working there. It holds a special spot in my heart for being my first Brolga painting.


We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land that we stand and live upon. The beautiful Country created throughout our Dreamtime over 70,000 thousands of years ago. We’d like to pay our respects to our Elders past, present and future emerging for they how the acknowledge, guidance and resilience of our people. We’d also like to extend our gratitude for the gifts our Mother Earth and Baiame’s creations – for our people, land, waters & sky. We would like to further this to all our First Nations clients, businesses, creatives and community members across all Nations within Australia.