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Title

Dhäbila - fresh waterhole and banyan tree


Artist

Dr David Malangi

Australia

1927 - 19 Jun 1999

Language group

Manyarrngu, Arnhem region


About

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]


Details


Place where the work was made

Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia


Date

1984


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

102.9 x 55.0 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Purchased 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

130.1984


Artist information

Dr David Malangi

Works in the collection

19


Place

Where the work was made
Central Arnhem Land

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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