Yinimala Gumana | Buildup of Mangrove Leaves
Every wet season, incoming waters flood the plains and then the mangrove-lined creeks before emptying into the sea. The fallen leaves of the mangrove trees bank up on the surface in fields of red, yellow, and black, known as motu. During the ancestral times, Burrut’tji, the Lightning Serpent, traveled underground from Baraltja to Gäṉgaṉ. The spine of the snake was laid un-derwater as part of the fish trap made by powerful ancestral beings. The remains of this trap that create the natural conditions which concentrate the banking up of motu on the tidal creek leading out of Baraltja.
– Henry Skerritt and Kade McDonald
Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
48 ½ x 20 ½
123 x 52
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Gift of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner. 2009.92.334.
About The Artist
Yinimala Gumana is an important young leader of the Dhaḻwaŋu clan. The son of Dhäkuwal Gumana, Yinimala was raised by his father’s brother, Gawirriṉ Gumana, after Dhäkuwal’s death. Yinimala assisted his adopted father with many of his works before emerging as an artist in his own right in 2004. In 2011 he was elected Chairperson of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka. Since 2017, he has been one of the lead curators of Maḏayin: Eight Deacades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala.
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory