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Burrut'tji (Lightning serpent) 2002

Here, Marawili has used paint to communicate a traditional story, while maintaining the cultural laws of secrecy important to the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Burrut'tji 2002 tells the important Yirridja moiety creation story of the Madarrpa people, where Baru (crocodile) dived into the waters off Yathikpa carrying the fire that burnt into his back. Burrut'tji embodies the sea and its powerful tides and currents, suggested here by fine hatching and waving lines.

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