Earth pigments on Stringybark
51 x 28 cm
The area of sea country belonging to the Djarrwark clan is known as Wukili. It is between Baraltja and Garrapara on Blue Mud Bay.
During the time of the first morning, the Dhuwa Waŋarr, or creator ancestors, the Djaŋ’kawu paddled their canoe Malili (paddles Matiny) into this country. They saw catfish Balwaltja and ‘sheridan’s threadfin’ Malmuŋa and sang them as Dhuwa totems associated with the special qualities of the saltwater country of Wukili.
The miny’tji (sacred clan design) represents the Djarrwark saltwater itself. The Dhuwa saltwater country is marked by the straight and parallel ribbons of miny’tji of the Djarrwark. It is read to be water affected by the Ancestral presence of the Djaŋ’kawu Creators, the forebears of all Dhuwa people who laid down the law in the ancient past, including all the songs, dances, designs and deeds to land and water.