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Title

River mouth map


Artist

Dr David Malangi

Australia

1927 - 19 Jun 1999

Language group

Manyarrngu, Arnhem region


About

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.

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Details


Other Title

Abstract Glyde River mouth map


Place where the work was made

Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia


Date

1983


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

136.0 x 73.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

133.1984


Artist information

Dr David Malangi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

19


Place

Where the work was made
Central Arnhem Land

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


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