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An image of Garrtjambal - kangaroo by George Milpurrurru

George Milpurrurru

(Australia 1934 – 03 Oct 1998)

Language group
Ganalbingu, Arnhem region
Garrtjambal - kangaroo
Place of origin
Central Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

160.0 x 90.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1985
Accession number
© George Milpurrurru/Bula'Bula Arts. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

Garrtjambal the kangaroo came from the eastern shore of the Glyde River and went northwards. He was being chased by dogs and when he sat down, he made a waterhole which is called Gamalkan and other features in the land around Ramingining. Whenever he stopped, he was chased by the dogs who followed him up Ramingining Creek to the outskirts of the present day village. Here he left his tail and testicles which metamorphosed into rocks. As the dogs continued to chase him, he headed north through Yathalamarra and jumped over to Milingimbi. As he travelled he taught his people songs, dances and ceremonies.

Exhibition history (1)

Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997