David MALANGI DAYMIRRINGU | The Great Hunter - Gurrmirringu Myth

Australia 1927 – 1999
The Great Hunter - Gurrmirringu Myth
1988/1124 Figures emerge from top and bottom edges of image, upright and upside down as do plant forms. [1960s]
Bark Painting
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
77.0 (h) x 57.2 (w) cm
Purchased through the Western Australian Government, 1988 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
© David Malangi. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

It was in the Dhuwa moiety lands of Mulanga on the east bank of the Glyde River that the Ancestor Gurrmirringu, known as the Great Hunter, lived. He wandered these lands harvesting fruit, seeds, berries, goanna, kangaroo, birds and fish.

Gurrmirringu’s life as a hunter was a favourite subject for Malangi in bark paintings and sculpture. A rare early depiction shows Gurrmirringuwith a wallaby resting on his shoulders, while both paintings and sculptures depict the hunter with his wife hunting, with dilly bags used for carrying food suspended from the head or shoulders.

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