Buku Larrngay Arts, NT
Cooee Art, NSW
Traveling from the sea at Blue Mud Bay, Barama the great Ancestral Being for the Yirritja moiety, emerged at Gulutji, a sacred expanse of water behind Gangan outstation. The Yolngu people of North-East Arnhem Land believe that everything belongs to one of two moieties, Yirritja and Dhuwa. These form a duality system that keeps all past, present and future life in balance.
In this painting, the sacred diamond design refers to the waters around Gangan. The design is encased in a strong grid of vertical and horizontal lines which show the structure of the fishtrap made during the early dry season from paperbark and wooden stakes. Djirrirra is the daughter of National Aboriginal and TSI Art Award winner Yanggarriny Wunungmurra (dec) and sister to renowned artist Nawurapu Wunungmurra.Share