Yäma Munuŋgirritj | Gurruŋawuy

Yäma Munuŋgirritj

Gurruŋawuy, 1961

Gurruŋawuy

Clan

Gumatj

Clan

Wirrili

"Gaḻaŋarr is the rock itself: Gaḻaŋarr, the yellow ochre. The place where we get the Gaḻaŋarr is called Gurruŋa or Gurruŋawuy. That is where we still go to get yellow ochre. And I call these digging sticks gaṉiny. And when Baḻaŋarrtji [another name for Wirrili] stuck his digging stick in the ground, it made a hole. And a goanna named Djarrawuywuy or Gamunuŋbi slipped over and went inside. He went inside black and came out yellow from the Gaḻaŋarr. And the hawk, Gurrututu, was flying around and saw the pieces of yellow ochre on the ground. He picked one up and flew away with that yellow ochre to the lands of the Gupapuyŋu clan. We sing Gaḻaŋarr together, Gupapuyŋu and Gumatj clans."

– YÄLPI YUNUPIŊU

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Additional Information

Decade

1961

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

27 1/2 x 14 3/4

Dimensions (CM)

69.8 x 37.5

Credit

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. Edward L. Ruhe Collection. Gift of John W. Kluge, 1997. 1993.0004.041

Clan

Gumatj

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Narrative

Wirrili

The saltwater painting starts on the horizon and goes toward Gurruŋawuy, where we get yellow...

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Location

Birany’birany

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Location

1960

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About The Artist

Clan

Dates

c.1920-1987

Alternative Names

Yäma Munuŋgirritj

Yäma Munuŋgirritj created crayon drawings for the anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt in 1946–47. In the 1970s, he appeared in several films made by Ian Dunlop, including Maḏarrpa Funeral at Gurka’wuy (1979), in which he plays a major role in leading the ceremony.