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Title

Dhämala Story (sea eagle, catfish and king brown snake)

1983


Artist

Dr David Malangi

Australia

1927 - 19 Jun 1999

Language group

Manyarrngu, Arnhem region


About

The eagle tree stands just there where the conch shell is on the eastern bank of the mouth. Coming from the bush the Damala (White bellied sea eagle) going down to the saltwater – the river mouth. This country: he grew up there because he was created there and made his families grow there – this is the right country; Dhuwa country because this is his country.

A special tree – Ngurrunyuwa. See that tree it is the wattle tree; is still there and the eagle is not an ordinary eagle, it is from that country, not from another place or another eagle, it is sitting on the important tree. She made a nest and raised the eaglets. Looking at the tide to get the fish.

The Darrpa snake (king brown) is living there too, just like family for the Damala.

[Art Centre documentation]


Details


Other Title

Sea Eagle, catfish and King Brown snake


Date

1983


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on eucalyptus bark


Dimensions

75.0 x 41.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

134.1984


Artist information

Dr David Malangi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

19


Place

Where the work was made
Ramingining

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Susan Jenkins (Editor), No ordinary place: the art of David Malangi, Canberra, 2004, 88 (colour illus.).

Cara Pinchbeck, Look, 'The Dreamers: Artists who revolutionised Aboriginal art', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Aug 2009, 24, 26 (colour illus.).