Waturr Gumana | Dhaḻwaŋu Law
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
Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
64 15/16 x 24 13/16
165 x 63
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner. 2011.43.112.
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