Artist: Minnie Lumai
Media: Natural ochre on canvas
This painting relates a key Ngarranggarni (dreaming) story for the Miriwoong and Gadjerriwoong peoples for the ownership of country around Kununurra and to the east in a place called Yab-yabbe-geni-nim.
In the painting a freshwater spring flows into a creek called Gilijing that empties into the Keep River. In this area there is a ridge where the plains kangaroo fought the hill kangaroo in the dreamtime. The plains kangaroo (Jarlangarnang) was a Miriwoong man and the hill kangaroo (Nyangood) was a Gadjerriwoong man. They had an argument about sugar bag (wild honey) which the plains kangaroo had hidden in the ridge. The two kangaroos began to fight and the beeswax was scattered across the hill [represented by the circle motifs in the painting]. “You can see it now…. all the rocks. Jarlangarnang told Nyangood “This is not your place. This is Miriwoong country. So Nyangood followed the ridges back to his country..”
© Waringarri Aboriginal Arts