Artist; Gabriel Maralngurra
Design; Mimih Spirit
Featuring hand screen printed, 100% natural linen outer with leather panel and leather shoulder straps. Fully lined with inner pocket.
Size; width 35cm, height 40cm, depth 6cm
Gabriel has depicted female Mimih spirits in this dynamic design. According to the Kunwinjku people of western Arnhem Land, Mimih spirits were the original spirit beings, who taught Aboriginal people many of the skills they needed to survive in the bush. They also taught aspects of ceremony. Mimih spirits are believed to inhabit the rocky escarpments around Gunbalanya but because they are extremely timid, they are rarely seen by humans. They are frequently depicted in the rock art of Arnhem Land as small, dynamic figures, often shown with a range of hunting tools such as spears, spear throwers, dilly bags and fire sticks. The designs were created by Injalak artists with the assistance of technician Tim Growcott.