Maningrida Arts and Culture

Djomi by Cameron Kawurikku

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There are two Dreaming ladies at Bábbarra billabong – Djómi and Bábbarra. These two are sisters: one freshwater ‘mermaid’ and one saltwater one. Big long head, big stomach and very skinny legs that Bábbarra. Their mother is the crocodile who lives in the Bábbarra billabong. 

Both sisters will give people babies through the drinking water at Bábbarra. That’s why men stay away and 

Bábbarra is a sacred women’s site. Too strong our Dreaming – even men can get that baby in their tummies! When it rains at Bábbarra, or when a cyclone comes, it’s because our Dreaming is too strong. There are lots of women spirits. When the storms come, the spirits go in the underground rivers and hide safely. 

Maningrida comes from the Ndjébbana phrase mane djang karrirra, meaning ‘the place where the totemic ancestors transformed.’ The community is located in Central Arnhem Land, a region defined by linguistic and cultural diversity, home to twelve language groups, 110 clans and 32 outstations or homelands. 

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Title: Djomi
Artist: Cameron Kawurikku
Medium:  Stringybark (Eucalyptus Tetradonta) with Ochre Pigment and PVA Fixative
Dimensions (cm): 97 x 27cm
Catalogue Number: 201-21

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