Djan'kawu creation story, from the series Djan'kawu story
bottom: The goanna (djanda) is depicted in the centre while on either side are shown male and female goannas on the sandhills at Yalangbara (Port Bradshaw). Djanda is represented lying on a large rock. The semi-circles are goanna holes while the zig-zag lines are the tracks of the goanna going into holes in the rock.
lower left: This section shows goanna tracks through the sandhills.
lower right: The wild turkey is depicted eating wild berries and nuts.
upper left: Flying foxes are depicted in a gadmura tree.
upper right: The goanna (djanda) is shown with a 'singing tree' (casuarina).
top left: A male and two female goannas play in the sand.
top right: The camp of Djan'kawu and his sisters. He calls out names of the related clan language groups of the area. They are depicted by the squares. Black inner corner Rirratjingu, black upper square Marrakulu, top red Djarlwark, lower square Ngaymil.
The cross-hatching shows aspects of the environment such as sandhills, sand falling away as the goanna travels across the sandhill, goanna tracks, the wild turkey nest, etc.
© Information provided by the artist
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
Djang'kawu myth no. 2
Djannggawo myth no. 2
Djanggawul myth no. 2
Djanggawull myth no. 2
Djang'kawu story no. 2
natural pigments on bark
190.5 x 63.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
© Mawalan Marika. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Yalangbara, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 May 2006–23 Jul 2006
Yalangbara: art of the Djang'kawu:
- National Museum of Australia, Canberra 09 Dec 2010–25 Sep 2011
- Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin 26 Nov 2011–17 Jun 2012
- Western Australian Museum, Perth 17 Nov 2012–24 Feb 2013