Artist: COLIN YERRILIL ESTATE
Size/ medium: 20 x 10cm / PRINT – Etching
This work relates to Yerrilil’s homeland, Djawaḻ’ŋur, located in the Buckingham Bay area east of Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island). Centrally depicted is the Ḏaymirri (ceremonial pole). In this story, the Yaḻurr (sea snake) and the Ḏaymirri are swimming around a sandbar at Djawaḻ’ŋur. “They swim from the bottom to the top to meet the land and come back again.” to country named Djarraya in the east, and then back again. Yerrilil explains, “Ḏaymirri is dharpa (tree/wood), Yaḻurr is sea snake, but they can swim together.”
The rärrk (cross-hatching) represents moṉuk gapu (saltwater), Dhuwa moiety waters where the two totems live together and travel the same water channels. When asked about this story, Yerrilil is humble, he says “You don’t know, I don’t know. I just heard a story from my father”.
Yaḻurr and Ḏaymirri belong to the Djambarrpuyŋu people and are celebrated in their ceremonies.