Raypiny Dhawu (Fresh Water Story) by Daniel Warrulukuma

Raypiny Dhawu (Fresh Water Story)

All Aboriginal people originate from a spiritual source, fixed in a particular place in their land or the sea. These ‘Spiritual Reservoirs’ are often in the form of special waterholes made by Wangarr (Creative Beings), long ago close to the beginning of time. These creator beings moved across the country side, shaping the land and implanting in each tract of country, the spiritual life force for the people who were to own it. These Creative Spirits took many forms. When they gave the land to each group they also gave songs, dances, ceremony, the associated laws and language. In this painting, Daniel Warrulukuma has depicted totems from the fresh water swamp. These include army fish (ginginy), crocodile (baru), barramundi (ratjuk), water goanna (junda), ibis (girrala), whistle duck (ku gigi) and water lilies (yalman). The dotted line towards the middle of the painting represents the cut where the bank meets the water.