River mouth map
This Dhamala is the river mouth where there are different types of shells and fish, then the same area, maybe two creeks. Datam – waterlily roots; Rakay, circle (water chesnut); freshwater but in the saltwater on a mud flat. This is our traditional area and that is why we don’t want any mining or balanda fishing there.
The river where we were walking is where our dreamings are. We have grown up with our culture and have kept it. Our sacred sites, our ceremonies, and secret dreamings. My people and ancestors have lived here for a long time. In other areas too people's ancestry goes back a long way – people still retain their laws and their culture and land.
Description of painting from upper left corner, Left hand side referes to the Ngurrunyuwa (eastern bank of the river) – Garangala Rock with Lunggu, Glyde River, Raga nuts, Creeks, Beach were Gunmirringu sat, Sea eagle tree, Conch shell. The right hand side of the bark refers to Dhamala (the western side of the bank), from upper right – Milmindjarrk waterhole, Bilma (clapsticks), Dhona (sacred digging stick), mud skipper, catfish.
[Art Centre documentation]
Kids audio tour River mouth map
Abstract Glyde River mouth map
natural pigments on bark
136.0 x 73.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
© Dr David Malangi/Bula'bula Arts. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Where the work was made
Central Arnhem Land
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Aratjara: art of the first Australians:
- Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 23 Apr 1993–04 Jul 1993
- Hayward Gallery, London 23 Jul 1993–10 Oct 1993
- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark 11 Feb 1994–23 May 1994
No ordinary place: The art of David Malangi:
- National Gallery of Australia, Parkes 31 Jul 2004–17 Nov 2004
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 23 Apr 2005–17 Jul 2005
- Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide 13 Aug 2005–02 Oct 2005
- Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin 12 Nov 2005–08 Jan 2006
- Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth 23 Apr 2006–06 Jun 2006
The Dreamers (2009-10), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 May 2009–15 Aug 2010
Referenced in 4 publications
Jonathan Cooper (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin, 'Yiribana Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Gallery', pg. 24-25, Sydney, May 1996-Jul 1996, 25 (colour illus.).
Susan Jenkins (Editor), No ordinary place: the art of David Malangi, Canberra, 2004, 78 (colour illus.).
Bernice Murphy, Contemporary Australian painting, 'Aboriginal art', pg. 127-146, Sydney, 1990, 136 (illus.), 137.
Margo Neale, Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, Sydney, 1994, 118, 119 (colour illus.), 137, 139. plate no. 58