Yaŋgarriny Wunuŋmurra | Barama and Lany’tjuŋ: Yirritja Creation Story

Yaŋgarriny Wunuŋmurra

Barama and Lany’tjuŋ: Yirritja Creation Story, c.1963

Barama ga Lany’tjuŋ: Yirritja Waŋarr Dhäwu

Clan

Dhaḻwaŋu

Songline

Barama and Lany’tjung

More Info

In late 1962, sixteen Yolŋu men came together to paint two large panels to be installed behind the altar of the new Methodist Church at Yirrkala. The Church Panels represented the most sig-nificant, communal expression of Yolŋu Law produced for public view. Yaŋgarriny Wunuŋmurra was a major contributor to the Yirritja panel. This painting was created shortly after the Church Panels were completed. It was one of the largest bark paintings produced to date, showing the ambition unleashed by this communal project and the desire to present Yolŋu Law to the world.


– Henry Skerritt and Kade McDonald

Additional Information

Decade

c.1963

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

108 ½ x 31 13/6

Dimensions (CM)

275.6 x 80.8

Credit

Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Dr. Stuart Scougall 1964. IA1.1964.

Narrative

Dhaḻwaŋu

The Dhaḻwaŋu clan belongs to the Yirritja moiety. The most important Dhaḻwaŋu songlines relate to...

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Songline

Barama and Lany’tjung

There were three ancestral beings: Barama, Lany’tjun and Galparrimun. Barama came from the place called...

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Location

Gäṉgaṉ

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Location

1960s

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About The Artist(s)

Clan

Dhaḻwaŋu

Artist Dates

c.1932-2003

Alternative Names

Janggarin, Yangarin, Yanngarin, Yanngarinj

Yaŋgarriny Wunuŋmurra

Yaŋgarriny Wunuŋmurra was taught Law and ceremony by his märi (mother’s mother’s brother) Birrikitji Gumana. In 1983, he was the first Aboriginal Australian artist to have his copyright recognized in an Australian court after one of his designs was reproduced on a carpet without permission. In 1997, he was awarded first prize in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.