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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

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Djannggawo myth no. 3
    Djanggawul myth no. 3
    Djanggawull myth no. 3
    Djang'kawu myth no. 3
    Djang'kawu story no. 3
    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
    192.0 x 67.5 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    IA66.1959
    Copyright
    © Mawalan Marika. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    bottom: The first landing at Yalangbara (Port Bradshaw). The two Djan'kawu dig a well using the sacred mawalan (walking/digging sticks). The yellow rectangular area is a long stone alongside the well. Water is shown running out of the well. The black lines are human hair pendants attached to the mawalan.

    lower left: Djan'kawu in the act of planting two sacred djuda trees near a small bay at the mouth of Yalangbara.

    lower right: The Djan'kawu campsite. Scalloped area depicts rubbish and sand pushed back from the campsite. In the top left is a palm tree planted by Djan'kawu. The Djan'kawu are shown leaving and two goannas (djanda) taking over the site. Several rangga (ceremonial objects) are shown.

    upper left: Another camp site where they leave their armbands with feathered pendants.

    upper right: After crossing high sandhills they see the gadmura tree and hear the flying foxes in the tree.

    top left: The goanna Djanda is digging in the sand hunting for food and is shown with its head in the hole. Djanda's tracks are shown to the right in the central division.

    top right: Another camp site is shown here. Djan'kawu has seen the approaching dry season clouds and he is singing about them. Rangga including the sacred mawalan are shown in the sandhills.

    The cross-hatching in this painting represents such aspects of the environment as different types of sand particularly beach sand and sandhills, etc.

    © Information provided by the artist

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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