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Charlie Djurritjini / Flying Fox Dreaming

SKU: A11507

77cm x 57cm Ochre on Arches Paper

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$2,800.00

77cm x 57cm Ochre on Arches Paper

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Artist Profile

Charlie Djurritjini
Alternative Spellings: Juritjini, Djurrtjini, Djurrutjini
Date of Birth: 14 / 6 / 1952
Region: Ramingining
Area: Central Arnhem Land, NT
Outstation Muty’ka,
Country: Balingura
Language: Ganalbingu
Language Group: Yolngu
Social Affiliations: Yirritja moiety, Bulany subsection
Local Group: Gurrumba Gurrumba

Subjects and Themes:
Artist’s totems are Barnda (long-necked tortoise), Djamandarr (wild taro), Njalknjalk (freshwater herring) from country near Gatji. geese and nests, Karr – spider, Arafura Wetlands story, water pythons, bamboo shoots, bustard or plains turkey, long neck tortoise, fresh water catfish, Lungkurr’ma spirit with fire, flying fox, Mewal dhuwa honey spirit, black headed python

Collections Held:
Artbank, Sydney.
Campbelltown City Art Gallery.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands. Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Milingimbi Collection, MECA, Milingimbi Educational and Cultural Association. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ramingining Collection, Sydney.

Artwork Description

Ngulmarmar, an Ancestral Being, went walking with his dog Gurlgaragoar. When they came to the Glyde River near Ramingining, they found a rocky plateau. The dog sniffed around and became very excited, realising that there was something in the cave below. The man and his dog went down a steep track into the cave, and when he saw the pool, Ngulmarmar declared it to be sacred, so that only old initiated men could drink the pure clean water from it. There are stories of some young men who drank from the pool, and subsequently died. Flying foxes (warrnyu) were flying around the cave and hanging upside down from the ceiling. Droppings from the flying foxes littered the floor and ledges of the cave, and Ngulmarmar declared both the flying foxes and their droppings were to be sacred totems of the Gurrumba Gurrumba Clan. The dog ran around the cave barking to chase the flying foxes away, then he and Ngulmarmar went outside. Enticed by the smell of cooking, they set off towards the source. They came to a camp, where Ngulmarmar sat down to eat with his friend. The dog Gurlgaragoar met a female dog and the pair travelled towards the Arafura Sea, where they went into the water. They still live there today and Aborigines crossing from the island of Milingimbi to Ramingining say that they are sometimes chased by the dog sea monsters.
The flying foxes flew away and circled over the Arafura Swamp, finally settling hanging upside down from trees growing along the banks. They were the first creatures to cut the penises of their young males and the circumcision ceremonies performed on young boys today is accompanied by a repetition of the songs sung by the flying foxes as they initiated the original ceremony.

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