Prints – Colour reduction linocut
Image: 46 x 44cm, Paper: 57 x 60cm
The Djaŋ’kawu sisters arrived in northeast Arnhem land at sunrise.
Matalatj (the elder sister) and Bitjiwurrurru (her younger sister) have just paddled their canoe a long way and then climbed the sand dunes to where they stop for a rest as the sun rises. As the sun comes up the two sisters sing the Buwata, Liindirritj and Ngatili. These are three important birds related to the Rirratjingu clan.
The Sisters put their paddles down which turned into the sacred djota tree from which they hung their ceremonial bathi or sacred dilly bags. The sisters named Guḏurrku (Brolga) and Baribari (Sacred Ibis). The sisters plunge their sacred digging sticks Mawalan into the sand, creating the first Milŋurr, or fresh waterhole on the beach. The sun rises as two Djanda (goannas) drink from Milŋurr and Ŋatili hears the crashing of the waves and sees the foam created by the meeting of fresh and salt water.
The Sisters transform into goanna radiating their creative power to the landscape.