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Title

Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djan'kawu Sisters waterhole

1983

Artist

Dr David Malaŋi

Australia

1927 - 19 Jun 1999

Language group

Manyarrngu, Arnhem region

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    Other Titles
    Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djanggawo Sisters waterhole Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djanggawull Sisters waterhole Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djanggawul Sisters waterhole
    Milmingirr/Milmindjarrk - Djang'kawu Sisters waterhole
    Place where the work was made
    Ramingining Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1983
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    93.0 x 63.0 cm (irreg.)
    Credit
    Purchased 1984
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    132.1984
    Copyright
    © Malangi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    The two Djang'kawu sisters came from the east; they changed their language when they got the Dhamala. They named the people and the places and they became part of the tribe.

    This is Milmindjarrk where the waterhole is. This area is called Dhamala. When the two women were travelling those two Sisters, they named the tribes, they changed their language.

    I'll show you where they hunted for food. The only firewood came from these trees. When they ate the food they changed their language and tribe. They were walking slowly with their digging sticks. When they put their sticks in the ground they made waterholes, before that there were no waterholes here. When they put their sticks in the ground waterholes rose up.

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    Where the work was made

    Ramingining

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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