Meŋa Munuŋgurr | Djapu’ Clan Design

Meŋa Munuŋgurr

Djapu’ Clan Design, 2018

Djapu’ Miny’tji

Clan

Gupa-Djapu’

Songline

Mäṉa | The Shark

More Info

The grid pattern in this painting is the sacred design of the freshwaters of the Djapu' clan. The pattern refers to their homeland at Wäṉḏawuy. Wäṉḏawuy is surrounded by freshwater from the rain created by Bol’ŋu the Thunderman and serves as home to Mäṉa (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 reservoir of Djapu' souls.


– Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre

Menga Mununggurr, Wandawuy, 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Menga Mununggurr, Wandawuy, 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Menga Mununggurr, Wandawuy, 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Menga Mununggurr, Wandawuy, 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Menga Mununggurr, Wandawuy, 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar. Menga Mununggurr, Wandawuy, 2021. Photo by Leicolhn McKellar.

Additional Information

Decade

2018

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

54 9/16 x 33 15/32

Dimensions (CM)

138.5 x 85

Credit

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

Narrative

Gupa-Djapu’

The Gupa-Djapu’ clan is a Dhuwa clan. The most important spiritual themes of the Gupa-Djapu’...

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Songline

Mäṉa | The Shark

Ancestral sharks, or mäṉa, play an important role in the songlines of several Dhuwa moiety...

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Location

Waṉḏawuy

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Location

2010s

The 2010s saw Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka go from strength to strength. At the National Aboriginal and...

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About The Artist(s)

Clan

Gupa-Djapu’

Artist Dates

Born 1959

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.

Collections Represented

Australian National Maritime Museum

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia