Wak Wak (Crow) bark painting


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This bark features ‘rarrk’ design, or crosshatching and represents the design for the crow totem ancestor called ‘Djimarr’. Today this being exists in the form of a rock, which is permanently submerged at the bottom of Kurrurldul Creek. The ‘Djimarr’ rock in the stream at Kurrurldul is said to move around and call out in a soft hotting tone at night. Both the stone itself and the area around it are considered sacred. The imagery represents the rock mentioned above at the bottom of Kurrurldul cree, which is the final transmutation of the dreaming ancestor ‘Djimarr’. Finally, the pattern used here is also the crow design used in the sacred ‘Mardayin’ ceremony, which is a large regional patri-moiety ceremony now rarely conducted in central and eastern Arnhem Land.

Ochre on Bark

75 x 28cm

Marrawuddi is based in Jabiru, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory.

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Roberta (Yulyulmarra) Wurrkidj

Roberta Wurrkidj is a member of Marrawuddi Arts, Maningrida Arts and Injalak Arts.

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