Wagilag Sisters by Philip Gudthaykudthay

Wagilag Sisters

Aboriginal art in Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land is commonly illustrated through designs and images of animals, plants, and landscape. These motifs commonly reflect the artist’s ancestral inheritance and their dreamings and are referred to as totems.

This print depicts the Wagilag Sisters.

The Wagilag Sisters’ story is an account of how in the distant past the two Wagilag Sisters came out of the southern interior and came across the countryside to the Liyagalawumirr waterhole at Mirarrmina. There, the younger sister profaned the pool of the great Python by accidentally allowing her blood to fall into the waterhole. Because of this the women and the children were swallowed by the Python amidst thunder storms and rain, making the first wet season.