Jimbirla and Lirlmim

The vertical strokes in Nyadbi's work represent jimbirla (spearheads). Jimbirla (spearhead) country is Nyadbi's father's traditional land. It lies north of Warmun, towards Doon Doon Station. The ground is littered with extremely hard, sharp stones. Gija people used to wrap their feet in paper bark or calico when hunting kangaroos in the hills, to stop the stones from cutting their feet. Jimbirla (spearheads) were traditionally made of this rock and later of glass. Jimbirla are attached to garlumbu (spear shafts) using spinifex resin and kangaroo sinew.

The white semi-circular shapes represent Dayiwul Ngarranggarni - Barramundi Dreaming. Three women were trying to trap Dayiwul, the great barramundi, with spinifex nets. This is a traditional method of fishing where bynyiyirriny (river spinifex) is rolled and placed in the water forming a net. Dayiwul was too clever for the women. She jumped over the barrier they had laid and pushed her body through the rock of what is now called called Pitt Range. The women gave up and walked to a place called Gawinyji (Cattle Creek) where they turned into rocks.

The scales of Dayiwul embedded in the rock, became the diamonds that are extracted from the Argyle Diamond Mine.

Courtesy of Warmun Art

..Natural ochre and pigments on canvas
..1800mm x 1500mm
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