An image of Garrtjambal - kangarooAn image of Garrtjambal - kangaroo

George Milpurrurru

(Australia 1934 – 03 Oct 1998)

Community
Ramingining, Arnhem region
Language group
Ganalbingu, Arnhem region

Garrtjambal - kangaroo

Location
Not on display
Further information

Garrtjambal the kangaroo came from the eastern shore of the Glyde River and went northwards. He was being chased by dogs and when he sat down, he made a waterhole which is called Gamalkan and other features in the land around Ramingining. Whenever he stopped, he was chased by the dogs who followed him up Ramingining Creek to the outskirts of the present day village. Here he left his tail and testicles which metamorphosed into rocks. As the dogs continued to chase him, he headed north through Yathalamarra and jumped over to Milingimbi. As he travelled he taught his people songs, dances and ceremonies.

Place of origin
Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
(1985)
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
160.0 x 90.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1985
Accession number
215.1985
Copyright
© George Milpurrurru/Bula'Bula Arts. Licensed by Copyright Agency