LAWRENCE GARRAWURA
Milminydjarrk at Gärriyak (Sacred Waterholes)

$215.29

LAWRENCE GARRAWURA
27 x 17cm / PAINTING – Ochre on Wood
2023

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Description

Milminydjarrk at Gärriyak represents the sacred waterholes at the Garrawurra homeland of Gärriyak. This miny’tji (design) belongs to the Garrawurra people and is synonymous with their country, ceremony and law as given to them by the Djaŋ’kawu Sisters.

The ancestral Djaŋ’kawu Sisters travel from Rirratjiŋu country at Yalaŋbarra on the east Arnhem Land mainland, to the Djapu clan lands further south, where they sing with biḻma (clapsticks) and yiḏaki (didgeridoo). They then travel west, first to the Ḏäṯiwuy clan lands and then on to Gärriyak, south of Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island). We [the Garrawurra people] sing two songs about them with biḻma. They aren’t really songs, they are stories.

Wherever they stopped, the Djaŋ’kawu Sisters changed their language, names, clan, ceremony and customs. They gave these things to the people at each place. They also made Gapu Milminydjarrk or Milŋurr (water holes) by poking their dhoṉa (digging sticks) into the ground. Some of these waters are sacred but some are alright to drink from.

The Sisters gave miku (red), watharr (white) and buthalak (yellow) ochre colours for us to paint with. We use them for the Ŋärra law ceremony, which is a cleansing ceremony. These designs also refer to our clan totem animals, Nyoka (mud-crab), Weḏu (freshwater catfish), Buwaṯa (Bush Turkey), Ŋaṯili (Red-tailed Black Cockatoo), Worrutj (Red-collared lorikeet) and Djirriḏiḏi (Forest Kingfisher).

 

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