We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Dhambit Munuŋgurr Wandawuy

acrylic on bark

279 x 85.8 cm

The grid refers to the landscape of Waṉḏawuy – a network of billabongs surrounded by ridges and high banks. And also an ancient woven fish trap, which briefly impeded the shark spirit here. Yolŋu throw short hollow logs into the river, which act as traps for yabbies. Groups of kids and adults trawl the river catching dhakawa (freshwater crayfish) with their hands and throw them onto the bank where they fill up multiple flour tins. The effect of a tight-packed, laughing, screaming, splashing unit moving through the environment is like a massive powerful beast, which scares the crocodiles away. Pigeons and file snakes watch on.

Dhambit Munuŋgurr, 2021