Painting made of bark, with wood supports at either end lashed with string. Painted in mid-brown, red-brown, black and cream. Depicts totemic animals: long-necked turtle, Minhala, salmon (baypinnga), heron (gany'tjurr), frog (garkman), and crayfish (dakawa). The diamond pattern is a Dhalwangu clan design associated with the ancestral being Barama - here it represents flowing freshwater and water weeds. Dots and zigzags represent air bubbles and swirling water; the horizontal bands may represent a fish trap.
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