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Yalangbara: art of the Djang'kawu

Edited by Margie West, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

The cover of a book on Australian Indigenous art. At left on the cover are two tall carved figures. Each has traditional markings and patterns on it. At lower right is text that says 'Yalangbara art of the Djang'kawu'.

Yalangbara: art of the Djang'kawu has been produced on behalf of members of the Rirratjingu clan to celebrate Yalangbara (Port Bradshaw), the landing site of the Djang'kawu ancestors; the lawgivers and progenitors of the Rirratjingu and other people throughout north-east Arnhem Land.

Their creative activities are depicted by three generations of talented Marika artists, including Mawalan 1, Mathaman, Milirrpum, Roy, Wandjuk, Banduk, Dhuwarrwarr, Mawalan 2, Jimmy Barrmula and Wanyubi Marika.

The accompanying text by scholars, Howard Morphy, John E Stanton, Jennifer Isaacs, Margie West and Geoffrey Bagshaw examines aspects of Yolngu (Aboriginal) aesthetics and material culture, history, myth, land ownership and copyright to show the complex interrelationship of these themes in Yolngu life. Biographies of the artists are also included along with a translated version of the Djang'kawu story by Mawalan 1 Marika. The catalogue text was developed in close consultation with the Marika family.

A gold logo. It is circular, with text around the circumference and in the centre.

Joint winner of the 2009 Chief Minister's Northern Territory History Book Award 2009.


ISBN: 9780980384673
Paperback, 208pages, 22.2 x 28
December 2008
Indigenous; Art; Northern Australia
RRP $66.00

Related link: http://cdupress.cdu.edu.au/index.html

Cover image:

Mawalan 1 Marika
Djang'kawu, Ancestral Being of the Dhuwa Moiety Carvings 1960
Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, Sydney