40 x 40cm Paper: BFK RIVES 56 x 66cm
This story is of my mother’s Munyuku clan design, inspired by the late and ritual specialist and artist Dula Ŋurruwuttun. It is associated with the ancestral events relating to the death of the ancestral whale called Mirinyuŋu on the beaches of the Munyuku saltwater estate of Yarrinya within blue mud bay.
In ancestral times, Waŋarr, and the ancestral whale called Mirinyuŋu were living in the ocean at Yarrinya. The whale, being Munyuku, was in its own country. Munyuku spirit men called Wurramala or Matjitji lived and hunted in this country. According to Yolŋu kinship classifications, the whale is the brother of these men. They killed their brother Mirinyuŋu, who eventually washed up on to the beach, contaminating it with blood and fat turning putrid. This is how the Wurramala found the whale on the beach. They used stones knives, Garapana. The tail severed from its body, the men then cut the body of the whale in to long strips. In (self) disgust they then threw the knives out to sea.
The direction of the bands of miny’tji (sacred clan design) relate to the sacred saltwater of Yarrinya, the chop of the surface of the water and the ancestral powers emanating from it.
The name for this water is Munbuya.
If you look out to sea from Yarrinya you can see a rock with rough water around it, This is the place for Ŋaraka(bones) of the Mirinyuŋu (whale).
Printed May 2015