Indiah Money
Eels

Part One

wet slinking body
dipping sliding
through salted
waters sunny
California dancing
slipping spotted
skin sometimes
vibrations through
soft green leaves
quiver tickling feet
reminding of loud
culture oily flesh
giving greeted via
blood blessing
thanking thank you

for your kindness

Part Two
Lake Condah was told
that the water it held
was no longer good enough
for consumption by
colonials, it didn’t have
the same purpose as it
did for the Gunditjmara
peoples, settlers
had plans of driving
people away from the
area by taking a life
source from them Water
eels were life in this area
no more eels were
allowed to come and visit.
Lake Condah dried
but then 2013 the Lake
was filled after the
fighting the will and
power of Gunditjmara
and even though eels
were unwelcome for a
century they knew the
way the came back the

eels came back

Part Three
deep down forced
into hiding ducking
weaving through
colonial shit vitamin
overdose anti
depressed piss
harder to fight white
spaces hosted in
cement cells held
captive cemetery
sewer navigating
the only way
possible right now - 
currently no light
at the end of your
man made tunnel
used to flow right
through veins
only to be
deliberately
pushed deeper to
the core
 
 
Indiah Money is a queer Wiradjuri non binary person who was raised on Kulin Nations and still resides there. Indiah’s practice includes visual art, written work, installations and performance art. These are done with strong recurring themes of colonialism, assimilation, skin colour, gender, mental illness, sexuality, climate change, stolen generations, identity as well as critiquing the Eurocentric western idealised structure that each person in Australia is forced to maintain. 

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