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This work depicts early events during Ancestral (and present) times at Yalata close to the Dhudi-Djapu clan homeland of Dhuruputjipi (about three hours drive south-west of Yirrkala). It is a coastal fringe area, this Dhudi Djapu homeland that has territory leading up a river through plains country behind an area of coast on Blue Mud Bay. The plain is tidal and during the wet seasons the rains and tidal surge creating areas of brackish water flood it.
During the dry season the grass and black earth dry out. Then the fires come, turing a swamp into a huge plain of cracked black earth. Fresh water springs dot this sunbaked plain forming small islands of vegetation and as Rarranhdharr (the hot time) builds the thirsty birds come to these sacred springs in the thousands. The noise of the Gudurrku or Danggulti (brolga) and Gurrumattji (magpie geese) are deafening, the mud scored with their tracks and the sky dark with the flocks of wheeling birds.
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre is the Indigenous community controlled art centre of Northeast Arnhem Land located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community, approximately 700km east of Darwin. The Print Space is one of the Australia’s premier print studios specialising in limited edition works on paper produced on its own press.
Please note this linocut is hand screenprinted in the Yirrkala print space with imperfections that are part of the work.
Yalata by Mulkun Wirrpanda
Image 40 x 60cm; paper 56 x 76cm.
Overall Framed Dimensions: 89 W x 70 H cm.
This artwork is framed in white timber frame - this is not shown in image.
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