Mawalan Marika | Djan’kawu Creation Story 3

Mawalan Marika

Djan’kawu Creation Story 3, 1959

Djan’kawu Waŋarr Dhäwu 3

Clan

Rirratjiŋu

Clan

Djan’kawu

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Decade

1959

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

75 5/8 x 26 5/8

Dimensions (CM)

192 x 67.5

Credit

Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Dr. Stuart Scougall, 1959. IA66.1959

Clan

Rirratjiŋu

The Rirratjiŋu clan’s homeland is at Yirrkala, on the east coast of the Gove peninsula....

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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.