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1985.0259.0124 is one of 14 bark paintings and 9 artefacts that appear on Davidson's collection list under the heading 'Notes on bark paintings - Dhuwa Ngarra Ceremonies - Djunkgawul - Dhuwa Moiety'. The entry in Davidson's collection list for 1985.0259.0124 provides production details only. A transcription of the information under 'Notes on bark paintings - Dhuwa Ngarra Ceremonies - Djunkgawul - Dhuwa Moiety' follows.
As distinct from the Wawilak, the Djunkgawul were the creators. They created waterholes, flora and fauna, and the people of the Dhuwa Moiety.
This groups consisted of Djanggawul and his two sisters Madalaig and Bitjiwurrurru.
In the 'time before the Morning', the Djanggawul came in a canoe from 'behind the sunrise', and landed at Jalangbara (Port Bradshaw). With them they brought the sacred Rangga with which they 'made' the country, and also created the people of the Dhuwa Moiety. When the Djanggawul beings landed, the first living creature they saw was the Goanna Djanda, who, because of this, became sacred. They admired Djanda and the parallel sandhills, and when Djanggawul saw the lines of soft sand that poured down from under the feet of the goanna, as he ran along the crest of the sand dunes, he declared this would be the mark of his people and the Dhuwa design forever.
In this sacred design the vertical cross hatchings are the streamlets of sand, and the vertical yellow bars the mark of Djanda's tail. The horizontal hatchings and lines represent the sun glinting on the tops of the waves as Djanggawul looked out across the Arafura Sea from the tops of dunes (Collection list for Davidson collection, p. 14).
Ochres on bark. Painting divided into 12 panels by lines of crosshatching or coloured dashes bisected by yellow, white-spotted circles. In 4 of the panels are yellow lizards with white crosshatching & spots on bodies. Background of lines of yellow, & black, white & red crosshatching. Framed in red & yellow.
L 695mm x W 360mm x H 30mm
Verified by D Kaus 29/10/2012