Paintings by Barayuwa Mununggurr, Bengitj Ngurruwuthun and Jeffrey Ngurruwuthun, Barayuwa Mununggurr with Djon Mundine — 17 March 2012

On Paintings by Barayuwa Mununggurr
by Bengitj Ngurruwuthun
Sydney, 17 March 2012

Firstly I will talk about of what my brother has told and passed on about the open seas that join in together from each angle of the surrounded inlands and the main lands around Blue Mud Bay salt water.

He said: 'The inland’s open sea waters are Gapa-Dha-yindi, (literally water with open mouth), it is Dhapuyngu (Dhuwa moiety clan name), Wurramanggamirri, Wurrungkurkur (powerful names for Dhapuyngu clan). Their minyt’tji (sacred designs) translate the taste of Green Turtles etched by the smell of the sea around Walirra (the body of the water that joins in from Blue Mud Bay), Garrawandhu, Wularrikuyu bat’pa (surrounded rock inlands) and Mapindawurru reef and seabed areas within the body of waters.

The sacred minyt’tji (paintings) have been etched by the sea where the ocean named Wulamba roars: Rinyimurryun, power name for the Dhuwa waters merged by the storms; the open sea Dhuk’dhuk’pa (power name for this water body); Yidingimirri (esoteric name of the resting place of the shark); Barrwalandji (the shelter of the shark’s knowledge).

The surrounding of the roaring waters, it is called Wulamba, the open wide seas that have a huge "tails of waves" that roars. This water existed in ancestral times and this massive ancient endless infinity water called Gapu-Dha-yindimi cycle continues on.

This story had passed on from generations by our Elders, that Yarrinya belong to Munyuku, Warramiri and Liyalanmi (Yirritja clans) that are closely related clans.' Download full essay



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Barayuwa Mununggurr and Bengitj Ngurruwuthun Bengitj Ngurruwuthun, Barayuwa Mununggurr,  & Jeffrey Ngurruwuthun (Wukuyu) songman.
Barayuwa Mununggurr & Jeffrey Ngurruwuthun (Wukuyu) songman. Whaior Tukaki Mulka Centre, Filmmaker on right.



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Bengitj Ngurruwuthun, Barayuwa Mununggurr, & Jeffrey Ngurruwuthun (Wukuyu) songman. Bengitj Ngurruwuthun, Barayuwa Mununggurr, & Jeffrey Ngurruwuthun (Wukuyu) songman. Djon Mundine, Bengitj Ngurruwuthun, Barayuwa Mununggurr, & Jeffrey Ngurruwuthun (Wukuyu) songman.