Mäṉa (#154-19)

Drypoint print, 25 x 32 cm, 2019

This work depicts the Dhuwa moiety Mäṉa (shark), who inhabits this site named Wandangurr at the boundary of Datiwuy and Wangurri clan estates east of Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island). The rarrk (cross-hatching) represents salt water currents through which Mäṉa swims.

This is where the Yirritja moiety Gapu Gularri (fresh water) and Dhuwa moiety Gupu Murupu (salt water) mix to create Gapu Moṉuk .This represents the ceremonial relationship between Datiwuy (Dhuwa) and Wangurri (Yirritja) Clans. Yolŋu call this ceremonially binding relationship Yothu Yindi. Yothu Yindi can be translated as ‘mother and child’ however it is symbolic of all interdependent relationships.  


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The Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a community owned Art Centre that maintains an important position in the national art and cultural arena. Milingimbi Art and Culture has a long history of producing works steeped in active cultural practice such as barks, ceremonial poles, carvings and weavings. Works from Milingimbi are integral to important collections in many National and International institutions.


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