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A STRUG­GLING indige­nous artist be­lieves she can help end Townsville’s wa­ter woes by mak­ing it rain. But there’s a catch. Artist Jaquanna El­liott said she is look­ing for a spon­sor so she can make and ex­hibit tra­di­tional rain­mak­ing in­stru­ments, with two of her pre­vi­ous rain­mak­ers sit­ting at pawn­bro­kers af­ter she had to pawn her art­works.

“I can bring the Ms El­liott said.

“I can go and bring the wa­ter and fill up the dam.

“I know it sounds crazy but I just be­lieve in this.

“My grand­mother was a rain­maker in New South Wales. She would de­lib­er­ately bring the rain when ( rugby league) teams were com­ing to town to play.”

Ms El­liott said she was hop­ing to find spon­sor­ship of about $ 10,000 so that she could cre­ate rain­mak­ers rain,” and other indige­nous art.

“I want to be able to put to­gether an ex­hi­bi­tion but I mainly want to … make it rain,” she said.

“One time we went to Bowen in Novem­ber with the rain­mak­ers and it hadn’t rained since Fe­bru­ary. As soon as we hit the town it started to rain.

“I said to my niece, ‘ there’s magic there’.”

Ms El­liott hopes to hold an ex­hi­bi­tion on Mag­netic Is­land later this year.

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