30 x 40cm Paper: HAHNEMUHLE 40 X 60cm
This story is about the river at Waṉdawuy homeland.
During Rarranhdharr (dry season) the mayaŋ (river) water level drops. Yolŋu go down to the river, first they stand still in the flow and feel the water for fish.
Some of the other Yolŋu make a fish trap from small trees and branches. They block the maya(river) to catch all the fish inside. Then Yolŋu throw Dhaŋgi(Bush Mango/ billy goat plum-Planchonia careya) into the water, then they wait for the fish to come to the surface, then Yolŋu go into the water with spears and collect the fish within the fishtrap. Pandanas trees grow along the banks of the river.
They cook the fish in a gundirr (termite nest) oven. Fish that we catch are Ganŋal (catfish-represented swimming in the blue central design).
The Dhangi ceremony is for the people of Waṉdawuy. This knowledge is passed on from generation to generation. It represents time, place, tradition, and knowledge kept by all Djapu people.
Printed July 2010