Djan'kawu creation story, from the series Djan'kawu story
circa 1908 - 26 Nov 1967
bottom: The first landing at Yalangbara (Port Bradshaw). The two Djan'kawu dig a well using the sacred mawalan (walking/digging sticks). The yellow rectangular area is a long stone alongside the well. Water is shown running out of the well. The black lines are human hair pendants attached to the mawalan.
lower left: Djan'kawu in the act of planting two sacred djuda trees near a small bay at the mouth of Yalangbara.
lower right: The Djan'kawu campsite. Scalloped area depicts rubbish and sand pushed back from the campsite. In the top left is a palm tree planted by Djan'kawu. The Djan'kawu are shown leaving and two goannas (djanda) taking over the site. Several rangga (ceremonial objects) are shown.
upper left: Another camp site where they leave their armbands with feathered pendants.
upper right: After crossing high sandhills they see the gadmura tree and hear the flying foxes in the tree.
top left: The goanna Djanda is digging in the sand hunting for food and is shown with its head in the hole. Djanda's tracks are shown to the right in the central division.
top right: Another camp site is shown here. Djan'kawu has seen the approaching dry season clouds and he is singing about them. Rangga including the sacred mawalan are shown in the sandhills.
The cross-hatching in this painting represents such aspects of the environment as different types of sand particularly beach sand and sandhills, etc.
© Information provided by the artist
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
Djannggawo myth no. 3
Djanggawul myth no. 3
Djanggawull myth no. 3
Djang'kawu myth no. 3
Djang'kawu story no. 3
natural pigments on bark
192.0 x 67.5 cm (irreg.)
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 5 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
Country Culture Community (2008-09), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Nov 2008–19 Apr 2009
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
Referenced in 1 publication
Margie West (Editor), Yalangbara: art of the Djang'kawu, Darwin, 2008, 47 (colour illus.).