Bol’ngu – Thunder man, 2018


  • 56cm x 38cm
  • 2018
  • Acrylic on paper
  • Catalog No: 1077-18-1364
  • This is the thunder man and he has many names. This story is for all the Dhuwa clans. The songs and dances about the Bol’ngu are performed by the Dhuwa Yolŋu at ceremonies. There are special yidaki and bilma rhythms for the song and dance.

    Holding his spear bent over his head, he moves around looking and pointing to where to make a storm, even where to find fish. He calls out giving instructions to the clouds. He gathers up the clouds to make the rain, he points to the places where it will start raining. His penis represents the the rain falling down.

    This story anticipates the new growth across the land. The back ground are the clan designs for the Munungurr peoples at Wandawuy. Sometimes today you can see the Bol’ŋu when the clouds form and a water spout forms reaching down to the sea.

  • Painting on paper
  • Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts