Etching, 20 x 10 cm, 2019
Judy has depicted her Djambarrpuyngu clans Baṉumbirr (morning star ceremonial pole). The Djambarrpuyngu Baṉumbirr is connected to Djarraya and Lungurrungurr country on the Napier peninsular south east of Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island). Banibul mokoy (spirit), is not depicted in this work however he is important to the Baṉumbirr story as he dances the Baṉumbirr Bungul (ceremony) amongst yam vines and fig trees.
The Gindja (native fig tree), its fruit and string made from its bark adorn the Baṉumbirr in the centre of this work. Dhuwa Moiety yams, Baldji and Gallun, are also depicted, as are Bunba (butterflies) which are flying around the yam and fig flowers. The Baṉumbirr is carried during Marratjiri (ceremony) and is gifted between clans.
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