Waturr Gumana | Dhaḻwaŋu Law

Waturr Gumana

Dhaḻwaŋu Law, 2004

Dhaḻwaŋu Rom

Clan

Dhaḻwaŋu

Songline

Barama and Lany’tjung

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Each pattern in this painting represents a different body of water belonging to the Dhaḻwaŋu clan. At the top, tight rows of diamonds refer to the sacred freshwaters of Gulutji, from which Barama emerged to deliver Yirritja Law. At the base, the zig-zag lines signify the rolling waves of the saltwater estate of Garrapara. In the central section, Waturr has depicted the site where the floodplain of Baraltja flows into the bay. This area does not belong to the Dhaḻwaŋu, but to the Djarrwarrk clan of the Dhuwa moiety, who relate to the Dhalwaŋu as yothu-yindi (mother and child). In using the clan designs of both Dhaḻwaŋu and Djarrwarrk clans to depict this site where fresh and saltwater mixes, Waturr draws attention to the complementary interdependence of the two moieties.


– Henry Skerritt and Kade McDonald

Additional Information

Decade

2004

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

64 15/16 x 24 13/16

Dimensions (CM)

165 x 63

Credit

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner. 2011.43.112.

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

Garrapara

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Location

2000s

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About The Artist(s)

Clan

Dhaḻwaŋu

Artist Dates

Born 1957

Waturr Gumana

Waturr Gumana is the eldest son of Gawirriṉ Gumana. Respected as both a ceremonial and political leader, Waturr is not a prolific artist, but his work across both bark painting and carving reveals his deep learning and cultural knowledge.

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