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Title

Djan'kawu creation story , from the series Djan'kawu story

1959

Artist

Mawalan Marika

Australia

circa 1908 – 26 Nov 1967

Language group: Rirratjingu, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Djang'kawu myth no. 2
    Djannggawo myth no. 2
    Djanggawul myth no. 2
    Djanggawull myth no. 2
    Djang'kawu story no. 2
    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1959
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    190.5 x 63.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    IA65.1959
    Copyright
    © Mawalan Marika. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Mawalan Marika

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    Works in the collection

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    bottom: The goanna (djanda) is depicted in the centre while on either side are shown male and female goannas on the sandhills at Yalangbara (Port Bradshaw). Djanda is represented lying on a large rock. The semi-circles are goanna holes while the zig-zag lines are the tracks of the goanna going into holes in the rock.

    lower left: This section shows goanna tracks through the sandhills.

    lower right: The wild turkey is depicted eating wild berries and nuts.

    upper left: Flying foxes are depicted in a gadmura tree.

    upper right: The goanna (djanda) is shown with a 'singing tree' (casuarina).

    top left: A male and two female goannas play in the sand.

    top right: The camp of Djan'kawu and his sisters. He calls out names of the related clan language groups of the area. They are depicted by the squares. Black inner corner Rirratjingu, black upper square Marrakulu, top red Djarlwark, lower square Ngaymil.

    The cross-hatching shows aspects of the environment such as sandhills, sand falling away as the goanna travels across the sandhill, goanna tracks, the wild turkey nest, etc.

    © Information provided by the artist

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Margie West (Editor), Yalangbara: art of the Djang'kawu, Darwin, 2008, 46 (colour illus.).

    • Judith White (Editor), Look, 'End of a dream ... almost!', pg. 13, Melbourne, Nov 2000, 13 (colour illus.).

Other works by Mawalan Marika

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