Wandjuk Djuwakan Marika OBE | The Coming of Djan’kawu

Wandjuk Djuwakan Marika OBE

The Coming of Djan’kawu, 1962

Djan’kawu ga Yalaŋbara

Clan

Rirratjiŋu

Clan

Djan’kawu

"The Djan’kawu named the places, they planted the trees, they made the well water, and then they went over to Ḻiḻirrtjawuy and made water there. And before going back up the hill, they stopped and collected some oysters. At the other side at Biḻbamwuy, they saw the mangrove goannas, and they heard maŋirrigirri (Pteropus alecto, black flying fox)—the dark black ones, which are Dhuwa— hanging on the djota tree."

– WANYUBI MARIKA

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Additional Information

Decade

1962

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

47 ½ x 21

Dimensions (CM)

120.6 x 53.3

Credit

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. Edward L. Ruhe Collection. Gift of John W. Kluge, 1997. 1993.0004.045

Clan

Rirratjiŋu

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Narrative

Djan’kawu

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Location

Yalaŋbara

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Location

1960

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About The Artist

Clan

Dates

c.1927-1987

Alternative Names

Wandjuk Djuwakan Marika OBE

Wandjuk Djuwakan Marika was the eldest son of Mawalan Marika. He became one of the most famous Indigenous Australian artists, traveling around the world in his role as chair of the Aboriginal Arts Board. In 1979, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.