Laklak #2 Ganambarr
Earth pigment on board
170 x 12cm
The basis the Dåtiwuy clan design of this place is saltwater agitated into rough sea and foam by the thrashing of the sharks’ tail. Here the Datiwuy shark and its children are at home in the muddy waters of Arnhem Bay. A massive bay whose shores cannot be seen from one side to the other there is a narrow outlet and 7 metre twice daily tides. Fringed with mangroves and fed by large muddy rivers the water is rich and full of resource and turbid and turbulent.
Clan groups most closely associated with Måna are the Djapu, Djambarrpuyŋu and the Dåtiwuy clans. Mäna is sung and danced with spears at important ritual, sometimes the violent nature of the shark is enacted at Makarrata to settle dispute. Victims of the wrath of Datiwuy sharks only realise after the event. Once they have been injured the shark has already moved on unseen through the muddy water.