Summary

The painting depicts dhapalany, centipedes or "itchy" caterpillars as they are commonly known, coming down from the trees. Their appearance is a signal that the wet season rains is about to start. The water monitor is identified as gungarung and the human figure in the lower right is the younger of the Wagilag Sisters. The footsteps show her path as she tried to escape from Yulungurr, the Lightning Snake seen here. He rose from the waterhole and raised his head to the clouds after swallowing the Sisters, his forked tongue flashing lightning into the sky. This is a segment of a larger epic story of the Wagilag Sisters and events at the sacred waterhole a Mirarrmina.

Physical Description

A single sheet of bark (Stringybark, Eucalytpus tetrodonta) painted with natural pigments.

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