Image: 48 x 38 cm, Paper: 65 x 51 cm
This is a map of Dhambaliya or Bremer Island where I have lived for much of my life. Our homeland Gutjaŋan is where the point is on the top of the island. We go hunting all around this island. There are so many names of places everywhere on this island. Ruwakpuy is where the river is. It is called Yiŋgiri. We collect shellfish in teh mangroves here. It is a little estuary with a sandy bottom and lots of tiny colourful shells. The orange rocks are Barrarra. This gives us a special face paint for a Rirratjiŋu ceremony. We paint half our face white with Gapan (Kaolin) and half our face orange which looks dark on our black skin. This rock only comes from the island. It is special and will not fade even when we are dancing in the rain. Mawuka is a special yam which flowers white in the Wet season. It is beautiful. This yam only grows on the island and is part of the songs of this place. It sings of the connections between all of us.It is very much like the Duyŋa which grows on the mainland but its leaves are much finer.
Dolphins are an important part of the Rirratjiŋu ocean Gäma-wukitj which surrounds Dhambaliya. When the baby dolphin is born the water goes smooth and shimmering. The connections are similar to the birthing of Yolngu, when women and family join together for support for the new child and mother. The Mutjalanydjal (dolphin) is a Rirratjingu and Djambarrpuyngu clan totem.