David MALANGI DAYMIRRINGU | Diver in the tree

Australia 1927 – 1999
Diver in the tree
1988/1104 black diver bird in tree in top half, waterlily leaves in lower half on ground on cross-hathing [1960s]
Bark Painting
natrural pigments on eucalyptus bark
69.9 (h) x 49.5 (w) cm
Purchased through the Western Australian Government, 1988 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
© David Malangi. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

Burala, the Ancestral Darter, travelled from the east, flying underground and emerged from just south of Yathalamarra to sit atop a tree. From there it went underground and emerged close by at another significant tree site at the tiny waterhole to the east, Bilimarr.

Burala is associated with mortuary rituals as the darter made the bullroarers used for this ceremony. Burala also formed another part of Yathalamarra at the north-eastern rim at Gururrpurrngayngura. [1]

[1] ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Excerpt from Margie West, ‘Yathalamara — land of the waterlily’ in the exhibition catalogue No ordinary place: the art of David Malangi, Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2004, p. 42–50. 

The publication, which includes articles by the exhibition curator Susan Jenkins, Nigel Lendon and Djon Mundine, is available from the Gallery Shop for $34.95 (RRP $49.95) or online at ngashop.com.au.

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