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© Charlie Malibirr Djurritjini/ Licensed by Viscopy, 2017

The Rainbow

Date: 1996
Overall: 1440 x 1820 x 35 mm
Display Dimensions: 1440 x 1830 mm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Charlie Malibirr Djurritjini
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00031800

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    A painting titled 'The Rainbow' by Charlie Djurritijini representing part of the Gunulpingu story of the Arafura Swamp area.

    Region: Ramingining, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
    Outstation :Muty'ka, Balingura
    Language: Ganalbingu
    Group: Yolngu
    Local Group: Gurrumba Gurrumba
    Social Affiliations: Yirritja moiety, Bulany subsections

    SignificanceThe Arafura Swamp is an important susbsiance source for the traditional owners of the land, the Yolngu.

    HistoryIn this painting, Djurritijini depicts two water pythons of the Arafura Swamp. Karritjarr, the swamp pythons, represent the beginning of the wet season. By standing up on their tails and breathing heavily, the vapour from their mouths create storm clouds and their tongues cause lightning to appear in the sky. Heavy rain arrives falls on the land once the clouds burst.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: The Rainbow

    Previous title: Arnhem Land

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