Keith Dhamarrandji Lapulung


Keith is from a tribal country called Garrata which belongs to the Djambarrpuyngu people in the interior of Buckingham Bay at the Gurala estate. Garrata is the site of the Bulmandji (shark) dreaming. Keith also paints stories associated with the Stone Dreaming (Gunda) called Burruwa which is only visible during low tide. Burruwa is the dwelling place of the two serpents known as Nyapili (common king brown snake) which belongs to that area. These themes are prevalent in Lapulung’s work along side the Gara (spear) mitji (design). Lapulung is also authorised to paint ceremonial designs such as the Burrutji (rainbow snake) belonging to the Yirriitja moiety Birrkili Gupapuyngu people, his mothers clan. He is theDjungkaya (custodian). Keith is also a musician and founding member of the ‘Wirrinyga Band’ who continue to play at festivals and events nation wide after over thirty years. He is the Chairman of the Milingimbi Alpa store committee, Gatjirrk Festival Committee and Chairperson for the East Arnhem Shire, Local Authority.


Djambarrpuyngu, Gupapuynu



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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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