Mäṉa ga Dhukurrurru

Ochre on bark
82 x 43cm

This work depicts the Dhuwa Moiety Mana (shark) at its base, who inhabits this site named Wandangurr at the boundary of Datiwuy and Wangarri clan estates. The Rarrk represents salt water currents. This is where the Yirritja moiety ‘GapuGularri’ and Dhu Moiety ‘Gupu Murupu’ (salt water) mix to create Gapu Mornuk (a mix of salt and fresh; dirty and clean water). This represents the ceremonial relationship between Datiwuy (dhuwa) and Wangurri (Yirritja) Clans. Yolngu call this relationship Yothu Yindi which binds them ceremonially.

The Dhukurrurru (sacred rock) is at the mouth of a river named Djaran-gurrk or Mayang, close to the homeland of Dhalinbuy which is a country belonging to the Wanguri Munyarriyun clan. The Dhukurrurru placed at the top of the work and is adorned with mindji (designs) depicting Gapu Mornok (mixing fresh and salt water) represented by white cross hatching and Gapu Gularri (fresh water) represented by yellow/black/red wavey lines.

In this story Mana says to Dhukurrurru, ‘Mother, don’t make the water dirty, I’ll swim over the top of you so I can see’.

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Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

The Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a community owned Art Centre that maintains an important position in the national art and cultural arena. Milingimbi Art and Culture has a long history of producing works steeped in active cultural practice such as barks, ceremonial poles, carvings and weavings. Works from Milingimbi are integral to important collections in many National and International institutions.


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