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An image of Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djan'kawu Sisters waterhole by Dr David Malangi

Dr David Malangi

(Australia 1927 – 19 Jun 1999)

Language group
Manyarrngu, Arnhem region
Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djan'kawu Sisters waterhole
Other titles:
Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djanggawo Sisters waterhole Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djanggawull Sisters waterhole Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djanggawul Sisters waterhole
Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djang'kawu Sisters waterhole
Place of origin
Central Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

93.0 x 63.0 cm (irreg.)

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

The two Djang'kawu sisters came from the east; they changed their language when they got the Dhamala. They named the people and the places and they became part of the tribe.

This is Milmindjarrk where the waterhole is. This area is called Dhamala. When the two women were travelling those two Sisters, they named the tribes, they changed their language.

I'll show you where they hunted for food. The only firewood came from these trees. When they ate the food they changed their language and tribe. They were walking slowly with their digging sticks. When they put their sticks in the ground they made waterholes, before that there were no waterholes here. When they put their sticks in the ground waterholes rose up.

[Art Centre documentation]

Exhibition history (1)

The Dreamers (2009-10), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 May 2009–15 Aug 2010