Djarrakpi, 2019


  • 1200cm x 600cm
  • 2019
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Catalog No: 1077-19-575
  • The sacred rock Yinitjuwa, Balamayku, Djuwandjurra is submerged at high tide but rises above the sea's surface at low tide. Yinipuŋayi, the turtle, and the sacred rock are imbued with the same power and essence from the saltwater which surrounds the icons. The designs and patterns belong to the Manggalili clan country of Djarrakpi. This design depicts the country under the coastal waters of this area into which the sacred rock has its foundation. The ancestral hunter Muwaṉḏi climbed onto this rock to spear fish. He speared Yambirrku' the ancestral parrot fish with the two-pronged hook spear. After Muwaṉḏi speared Yambirrku' he went back to his camp and made a special ground to eat the fish. The ground became the sacred Yiŋapuŋapu at Djarrakpi, a low-relief sand sculpture used to contain and then release the spirit of deceased Maŋgalili people at mortuary ceremonies. From his camp, Muwaṉḏi witnessed the thunderhead clouds, Waŋupini, form on the horizon.
  • Painting on canvas
  • Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts