Etching, 20 x 10 cm, 2019
This work relates to Yerrilil’s homeland, Djawartŋurr, located in the Buckingham Bay area east of Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island). Centrally depicted is the daymirri (ceremonial pole). In this story, the yarḻurr (sea snake) and daymirri are swimming around a sand bar at Djawartŋurr to country named Djarraya to the east, and then back again. The rarrk (cross hatching) represents moṉuk gapu which is a mixture of ‘dirty’ and ‘clean’, or salty and fresh water.
These are Dhuwa moiety waters where these two totems live together, travel the same water channels. Yarḻurr and daymirri belong to the Djambarrpuyŋu people and are celebrated within their ceremonies.
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