Mawalan Marika |

Mathaman Marika |

Waḏaymu Ganambarr | Djan’kawu Creation Story 1

Mawalan Marika

Mathaman Marika

Waḏaymu Ganambarr

Djan’kawu Creation Story 1, 1959

Djan’kawu Waŋarr Dhäwu 1

Clan

Rirratjiŋu

Clan

Djan’kawu

"Djan’kawu—two sisters and a brother—arrived here from the spirit world Burralku (also called Gulwayulwa, Gulirrwulirr, Ninimbiyarra, and Djanbamagarr). On the horizon, they saw the thunder cloud Wulma Birrwirryuwanawan, which gave them the idea to journey across the sea by dugout canoe. They talked among themselves, making preparations, and put their sacred objects in the dugout canoe and began paddling. The paddle they used was the mawalan. "

– WANYUBI MARIKA

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Additional Information

Decade

1959

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

75 ½ x 27 ½

Dimensions (CM)

191.8 x 69.8

Credit

Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Dr. Stuart Scougall, 1959. IA64.1959

Clan

Rirratjiŋu

The Rirratjiŋu clan are the traditional owners of the land around Yirrkala, on the east...

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Narrative

Djan’kawu

Djan’kawu are the Dhuwa moiety creator beings.  “When I was a child, my father would...

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Location

Yalaŋbara

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Location

1950

In 1952, large deposits of bauxite were discovered in Melville Bay and on the Gove...

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About The Artist

Clan

Dates

c.1908–1967

Alternative Names

Mawalan Marika

Mawalan Marika was the head of one of Australia’s most important artistic dynasties. In 1935, he negotiated the establishment of the Methodist mission at Yirrkala. He was instrumental in the painting of the Yirrkala Church Panels and was a signatory to the Yirrkala Bark Petitions. In the 1960s, he broke with tradition by being the first to teach his daughters to paint.

Clan

Dates

c.1920-1970

Alternative Names

Mathaman Marika

The younger brother of Mawalan Marika, Mathamana Marika succeeded his brother as leader of the Rirratjiŋu clan and representative of the Yolŋu in the Gove land rights case. Along with Mawalan and Wandjuk Marika, he worked on the Yirrkala Church Panels.

Clan

Dates

c.1934–1997

Alternative Names

Waḏaymu Ganambarr

The brother of Larrtjanŋa Ganambarr, Waḏaymu Ganambarr was taught to paint by Mawalan Marika, assisting him on the painting Djan’kawu Creation Story (1959) commissioned by Stuart Scougall and Tony Tuckson for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Preferring to live at Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island), he produced a number of works in brightly colored inks and acrylic paint on paper for the collector John Money between 1968 and 1971.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Baltimore Museum of Art

https://collection.artbma.org/people/11637/peter-wadaymu-ganambarr/objects