Meŋa Munuŋgurr | Djapu’ Clan Design

Meŋa Munuŋgurr

Djapu’ Clan Design, 2018

Djapu’ Miny’tji

Clan

Gupa-Djapu

Clan

Mäna

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According to Meŋa, the grid pattern is the sacred design of the freshwaters of the Djapu clan. The pattern refers to their homeland at Wandawuy. Wandawuy is surrounded by freshwater from the rain created by Bol’ŋu the thunderman and serves as home to Mäna (the shark). The grid can be seen in the billabong landscape of the region. It also points to the woven fish traps made by the Djapu people. Since ancestral times, the region has been fished with traps that mimic the beak of Galumay the Pelican. The crosshatched interiors of the squares refer to the freshwater, which, according to Meŋa, is the source of the Djapu soul.


– Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre

Additional Information

Decade

2018

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

54 9/16 x 33 15/32 x 3 35/64

Dimensions (CM)

138.5 x 85 x 9

Credit

Forthcoming acquisition. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. The 2017-19 Kluge-Ruhe Maḏayin Commission.

Clan

Gupa-Djapu

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Narrative

Mäna

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Location

Waṉḏawuy

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Location

2010

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About The Artist

Clan

Dates

Born 1959

Alternative Names

Meŋa Munuŋgurr

Meŋa Munuŋgurr is the son of Djutjatjutja Munuŋgurr. He is a renowned song man and ceremonial leader for the Djapu’ clan based at Wäṉḏawuy homeland. Although not a prolific artist, he participated in both the 1996 John W. Kluge Commission and the 2017–19 Kluge-Ruhe Maḏayin Commission.