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An image of Dhäbila - fresh waterhole and banyan tree by Dr David Malangi

Dr David Malangi

(Australia 1927 – 19 Jun 1999)

Language group
Manyarrngu, Arnhem region
Dhäbila - fresh waterhole and banyan tree
Place of origin
Central Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

102.9 x 55.0 cm (irreg.)

Purchased 1984
Accession number
© Dr David Malangi/Bula'bula Arts. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

Dhabila, a tract of land on the mouth of the Glyde River, is integral to the Wagilag Sisters’ story. Because of it rich fish resource, it is vulnerable to outside exploitation. Malangi’s painting shows one of the waterholes (indicated by the flag like design) created by the sisters.

This waterhole is another part of the Djang’kawu Sisters' story. When they travelled here from Dhamala they made a waterhole with their digging sticks. The same two Djang’kawu women.

They were naming the places, the people and the languages until they reached this land. They created this waterhole from the point of their digging sticks. They named this place Gilimgarri. They went from here to the beach at Malwiningirr; they named that place. They left everything behind except the two sticks. They then travelled to the sunset.

[Art Centre documentation]

Bibliography (1)

Susan Jenkins (Editor), No ordinary place: the art of David Malangi, Canberra, 2004, 80 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

No ordinary place: The art of David Malangi: