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© Mick Kubarkku/Licenced by Viscopy, 2017

The crocodile ancestor come to Maragalidban and put the crocodile spirit children there

Date: c 1970
Dimensions:
Overall: 770 x 600 mm, 1.05 kg
Display Dimensions: 757 x 587 mm, 3 mm, 1050 kg
Medium: Ochre, bark
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Mick Kubarkku
Classification:Art
Object Name: Bark painting
Object No: 00015658
Place Manufactured:Northern Territory

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    Description
    A painting on bark depicting four crocodiles by Mick Gubargu titled 'The Crocodile Ancestor come to Maragalidban in the Dreamtime and put the crocodile spirit children there'.
    Mick Gubargu was from the upper Liverpool River and Maragalidban Creek area which are heavily populated with crocodiles.


    SignificanceThe painting of Dreamtime stories is one way Indigenous Australians tell and reinforce their connection to country. It is a long and continuous tradition and the artist here, Mick Gubargu, was an Arnhem Land painter who could interpret images on rock galleries.
    HistoryThe Gunwinggu people live between the Liverpool River and the East Alligator River. Traditional beliefs remain important to the Gunwinggu with Ngalyod, the Rainbow Serpent playing an important part in their art and traditions.
    The Gunwinggu live in Gunbalunya and Maningrida.
    Crocodiles are prevalent throughout the area and feature in the Dreamtime of the Liverpool River country. The ancestral crocodile roamed from place to place creating sacred elements, the Law, fire and young crocodiles with his descendants, the Gunwinggu, doing the same.

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