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Title

Dhäbila - fresh waterhole and banyan tree

1984

Artist

Dr David Malaŋi

Australia

1927 - 19 Jun 1999

Language group

Manyarrngu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Ramingining Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1984
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    102.9 x 55.0 cm (irreg.)
    Credit
    Purchased 1984
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    130.1984
    Copyright
    © Malangi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    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.

    [Art Centre documentation]

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Ramingining

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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    Referenced in 1 publication

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