Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

Top End Bugi - Galaday ga Läka - Mulkun Wirrpanda Elisabeth


This painting is called galaḏay ga läka and the design is about the plant ganguri. 

In Yolŋuganguri is the collective term for yam, which is found in the monsoon rainforest and can be eaten raw or cooked. 

Galaḏay ga läka is a statement on two communications from the natural world to the Yolŋu. Galaḏay the message sent to the hunter by the yellowing leaves of ganguri at the end of the season and läka the smell which attracts the hunter to the drying wetlands once the waterbirds are treading in the water chestnut stems. 

Top End Bugi is a showcase of innovation and expertise from the Arnhem Land Artists of Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Ngukurr Arts Aboriginal Corporation and Maningrida Arts and Culture. Presenting a series of works on Stringybark and selection of Larrakitj, Top End Bugi celebrates the creativity and diversity of bark artists, emerging and established. Connecting city and country, Top End Bugi is a spotlight for contemporary bark art, combining Top End, a collective term given to the northernmost region of the Northern Territory and Bugi, the Darug (Sydney Aboriginal Language) word for bark.  

As a cultural practice, bark art is a continuation of tradition, passing down sacred stories, designs and teachings through intricate strokes. The collection process begins after the wet season when the Stringybark tree is stripped, cured by fire, weighted and left to dry. Then using earth pigments, designs are layered, often with crosshatched strokes that speak to the cultural identity and visual language of the artist.  

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Artist: Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda Elisabeth
Title: Galaday ga Laka, 2127-20.
Medium: Earth pigments on Stringybark 
Dimensions: 126 x 44cm

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