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The Nganjmirra family is one of the great artistic dynasties of Arnhem Land. Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra was the senior artist of the group in the modern period. The family’s traditional lands lie to the east of Gunbalanya and are the focus of their paintings. Among the most important sites to the Nganjmirra family is Malworn, created by the Yawkyawk Sisters, Likkanaya and Marrayka; the latter is depicted in Barrdjaray’s painting of the same name. The creation story of this site has similarities to that of the Wägilak Sisters in central Arnhem Land. Nimbuwah Rock is another important place to which the Nganjmirra family has custodial or managerial rights, as opposed to ownership, as it belongs to the opposite moiety, the Duwa.
Paintings in the exhibition
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Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Marrayka
Jimmy Nakkurridjdjilmi Nganjmirra, Namarrkon the Lightning Man and the Wardbukarra-Wardbukarra
Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Nimbuwah
Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Nakidjkidj and Mimih at Nimbuwah Rock
Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Mimih, Eagle Hawk and Fish
Jimmy Nakkurridjdjilmi Nganjmirra, Possum, Bandicoot and Goanna at the Sacred Rock
Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra, Ngaldjorlboh the Spirit Woman
All these bark paintings are part of the National Museum of Australia’s collection. © the artist or the artist’s estate, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency 2013, unless otherwise specified. These images must not be reproduced in any form without permission.