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Dhäbila - fresh waterhole and banyan tree



David Malngi Daymirringui


1927 – 19 Jun 1999

Language group: Manyarrngu, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Ramingining Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    102.9 x 55.0 cm (irreg.)
    Purchased 1984
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Malangi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    David Malngi Daymirringui

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  • About

    Dhabila, a tract of land on the mouth of the Glyde River, is integral to the Wagilag Sisters’ story. Because of it rich fish resource, it is vulnerable to outside exploitation. Malangi’s painting shows one of the waterholes (indicated by the flag like design) created by the sisters.

    This waterhole is another part of the Djang’kawu Sisters' story. When they travelled here from Dhamala they made a waterhole with their digging sticks. The same two Djang’kawu women.

    They were naming the places, the people and the languages until they reached this land. They created this waterhole from the point of their digging sticks. They named this place Gilimgarri. They went from here to the beach at Malwiningirr; they named that place. They left everything behind except the two sticks. They then travelled to the sunset.

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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    Referenced in 1 publication

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