(Australia 1927–19 Jun 1999)
136.0 x 73.0cm (irreg.)
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]
Susan Jenkins (Editor), No ordinary place: the art of David Malangi, Canberra, 2004, 78 (colour illus.).
Margo Neale (Australia) (Author), Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, Sydney, 1994, 118, 119 (colour illus.), 137, 139. plate no. 58
'Yiribana Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Gallery', pg. 24-25., The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin May 1996-Jul 1996, May 1996-Jul 1996, 25 (colour illus.).
Aratjara: art of the first Australians, Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 23 Apr 1993–04 Jul 1993.
Aratjara: art of the first Australians, Hayward Gallery, 23 Jul 1993–10 Oct 1993.
Aratjara: art of the first Australians, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 11 Feb 1994–23 May 1994.
No ordinary place: The art of David Malangi, National Gallery of Australia, 31 Jul 2004–17 Nov 2004.
No ordinary place: The art of David Malangi, Queensland Art Gallery, 23 Apr 2005–17 Jul 2005.
No ordinary place: The art of David Malangi, Flinders University City Gallery, 13 Aug 2005–02 Oct 2005.
No ordinary place: The art of David Malangi, Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, 12 Nov 2005–08 Jan 2006.
No ordinary place: The art of David Malangi, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, 23 Apr 2006–06 Jun 2006.
The Dreamers (2009-10), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 09 May 2009 -.