An image of Djeritmingin Spirit - Woolen River

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

(Australia 1928 – 1982)

Milingimbi, Arnhem region, Djarraya, Napier Peninsula/Arnhem region
Language group
Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region

Djeritmingin Spirit - Woolen River

Other titles:
The spirit Djeritmingin
Not on display
Further information

Djeritmingin is shown as a fish cooped up in a spring pool of fresh water who wanted to get through impassable rock (shown in saw tooth fashion). The two small fish, his children, tried unsuccessfully to find a way out so he then forced his way out with his legs and traveled to the brackish water where salt water meets fresh water at river mouths. He now resides there and is said to make welcoming rain to visitors crossing the sea. Cross-hatching at each end and the center represents underwater rocks.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
collected 1960
Bark painting
natural pigments on bark
72.4 x 44.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Accession number
© Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd