An image of Ngak Ngak

Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

(Australia circa 1936 – 01 Sep 2002)

Community
Borroloola, Gulf region
Language group
Marra, Gulf region

Ngak Ngak, from the portfolio Crossroads

Location
Not on display
Further information

The white-breasted sea eagle, ngak ngak, is often shown singly or as a repeated image in Ginger's work; he acts as sentinel looking around Ginger's mother's country.

Ginger believes his country is inhabited by totemic beings, in the form of snakes, birds, and ancestral people. Past and present integrate. The ceremonies, as they are performed and explained, establiseh his kinship with this country.

Ginger treats his totems, in the western sense, as heraldic devices. His stories are his own, but the written interpretation is ours.

[extract from "Crossroads - A Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists"]

Place of origin
Ngukurr, South East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
(1997)
Media
Print
Medium
screenprint
Dimensions
43.0 x 59.0 cm image; 56.0 x 76.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pencil "GINGER RILEY". Not dated.
Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
Accession number
62.1999.5
Copyright
© Estate Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Courtesy of Alcaston Gallery