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© Banduk Marika/ Licensed by Viscopy, 2017

Miyapunawu Narrunan (Turtle hunting at Bremer Island)

Date: 1989
F fini frame.
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Banduk Marika
Object Name: Linocut
Object No: 00016791

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    This print tells the story of two ancestral hunters, Minyapa and Dhanggatiyana, hunting for turtle in their canoe. The harpooned Dhalwatpu (turtle) is taken back to Ruwakpuy Beach, Bremer Island, to be prepared in the traditional way. Gakarrarr, a young boy, smells the cooking turtle and jumps on the turtle's back. As punishment for the boy's behaviour he is thrown on the fire.
    SignificanceBanduk Marika is an internationally renowned printmaker who bases her work on traditional stories and traditional art.
    HistoryBanduk Marika is a prominent artist of Eastern Arnhem Land. Banduk was the first Yolngu printmaker and has had a number of solo and group exhibitions of her prints. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Sydney School of Art, East Sydney Technical College, Flinders University, the Canberra School of Art and Warrnambool TAFE.
    While she is a mostly printmaker Banduk has also worked with different mediums including bark. One of her early bark paintings was awarded the Telstra Bark Painting Award at the 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2005. She has also worked with Film Australia as a translator on the film Women of the Sun and has appeared in three others: Bride for All Seasons!, Flight into Hell and Cactus. She directed Banduk, which won the major International Children's Film award, and was involved in the making of a documentary, Dream-Time, Machine-Time, for ABC television.
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