Märrma’ bäpi (#14-19)
Ochre on bark, 66 x 24 cm
This is dhäwu (a story) for Dhuwa people of the Djambarrpuyŋu nation.
The Djambarrpuyŋu clan has two bäpi (snakes) – but really they are only one. In this painting Yerrilil has painted the bäpi as two.
Yerrilil tells use that the two snakes represent all the stories for Djambarrpuyŋu people.
He says that, when the Djambarrpuyŋu start singing – they jump from one manikay (song) to the bapi (snake) manikay. The bapi manikay is sang together with the manikay for raki (rope). The rope is gungamirr (sp) miyapunumirr raki – the rope is strong like the snake and is used to attach to the gara (spear) used to hunt turtle.
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