natural earth pigments on bark
174 x 43 cm
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Buku Larrngay Arts, Yirrakala, NT
Cooee Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Buku Larrngay CertificateStory
The Madarrpa clan away from their major residence of Baniyala have estate country further south on the Koolatong River at Baykuldji. The site is sacred to Baru the ancestral crocodile and is a nesting place thus a special place of fertility. Where there is life there is also death so in regard to this place, ritual performed for Madarrpa mortuary will have a song and dance having reference to this place.
A pair of Baru are depicted in the freashwaters of the river that has been embued by their presence and represents the power of fire within. The design belongs to the top Madarrpa.
The other panel depicts a more specific site in the area where a sacred log has fallen across the river, a manifestation of Dhakandjali the hollow log or coffin. Here the miny'tji or design differs. Water runs across the log and Gany'tjurr the heron looks on.