Nganana T-shirt - Mowanjum


Dunbi the Owl by Francis Dolby.

This T-shirt is a design from Mowanjum Arts, and is part of the Nganana / Koskela: Art Centre T-shirt Collab. Nganana / Koskela: Art Centre T-shirt Collab.

For the Wandjina-Unguud people of Mowanjum, Dunbi the Owl and owls, in general, are central to much of their culture. Dumbi is an owl which resides in Ngarinyin country. A boy and a girl teased Dumbi and plucked out his feathers. Dumbi flew to the Wandjina Wodjin who said he would create a large flood to punish the tribe from where the boy and girl came. At a place called Wanalirri, the Wandjina gathered a large flock of brolgas which stomped on a huge black soil plain to create quicksand.

The flood came and drowned many people; those who tried to escape were lost in the quicksand. The boy and girl were safe because they were on high ground, they were taken there by a kangaroo, and they travelled on the kangaroo’s tail. A Tata lizard called Ganada warned the Wandjina that the boy and the girl had escaped. The rains and lightning started to chase the boy and girl and they ran to a hollowed out boab tree. Once they were in the tree, the Wandjina closed it up and they were lost forever. In another version of the story the boy and girl survive the flood and mate to produce a new tribe.

Francis was born in Derby, the sixth child of a family of seven. His father is originally from Broome (a Yawuru man) and his mother is a Minirrngari woman of the Ngarinyin tribe. Francis only recently began painting Ngarinyin country and stories from his mother’s side. Located in the West Kimberley, Mowanjum Arts is inspired by ancient rock art. The three language groups are united by their belief in the Wandjina as a sacred spiritual force and the creators of the land.

Digitally printed on a 140GSM Certified 100% organic cotton, this raw tee features a relaxed crew neck, long body, raw sleeves and hem. The white tee is a men’s size large, but is a flattering oversized cut for women also.

Please note this item is made-to-order
Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for your order to dispatch.

Showroom Pick-up: Free

AUS: $15
NZ: $25
INT: $60

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