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Title

River mouth map

1983

Artist

Dr David Malaŋi

Australia

1927 - 19 Jun 1999

Language group

Manyarrngu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Title
    Abstract Glyde River mouth map
    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
    136.0 x 73.0 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1984
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    133.1984
    Copyright
    © Malangi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    This Dhamala is the river mouth where there are different types of shells and fish, then the same area, maybe two creeks. Datam – waterlily roots; Rakay, circle (water chesnut); freshwater but in the saltwater on a mud flat. This is our traditional area and that is why we don’t want any mining or balanda fishing there.

    The river where we were walking is where our dreamings are. We have grown up with our culture and have kept it. Our sacred sites, our ceremonies, and secret dreamings. My people and ancestors have lived here for a long time. In other areas too people's ancestry goes back a long way – people still retain their laws and their culture and land.

    Description of painting from upper left corner, Left hand side referes to the Ngurrunyuwa (eastern bank of the river) – Garangala Rock with Lunggu, Glyde River, Raga nuts, Creeks, Beach were Gunmirringu sat, Sea eagle tree, Conch shell. The right hand side of the bark refers to Dhamala (the western side of the bank), from upper right – Milmindjarrk waterhole, Bilma (clapsticks), Dhona (sacred digging stick), mud skipper, catfish.

    [Art Centre documentation]

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Ramingining

  • Audio

    River mouth map - Dr David Malangi 1:34

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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