25 x 50cm Paper: BERNDT ETCHING 40 x 60cm
Djalu tells a story connecting his Gälpu clan with his yapapulu, or sister clan, the Marrangu. A Marrangu man called Burrumanba stumbled upon the waterhole Dhumara, near the coastal estate of Barraratjpi, and settled in, not realising this was the home of Wititj the olive python. Wititj, coming in from the Djärimi mo]uk gapu (saltwater containing the essence of the rainbow), smelled Burrumanba and travelled around to investigate before locating and consuming the intruder. Running up and down the sides of the print are the tracks of Wititj as it searched for Burrumanba. Its head is seen at the bottom approaching the waterhole at centre where Burrumanba lies. At top centre is the forked stick Banakaka, symbol for the home of Wititj, where the serpent rests its head at nearby Gurruwurru. The crosshatch designs indicate the country of Wititj and the associated rainbow. Djalu indicated that the tracks of Wititj are also the track to be followed by future generations of Yolngu, perhaps an explaining his choice of design to continue the work of previous elders in the Berndt crayon drawings in laying down law for the future.
Printed July 2008