Groote Eylandt bird

  • Title
    Carved Totemic Bird
  • Location
    Goote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Date
    Early 1970s
  • Size
    9cm (W) x 41cm (H)
  • Price
    $490.00

Groote Eylandt  is a small island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory.  The people living on Groote Eylandt are called Wanindiljaugwa. The mythology of these people like that of other Aboriginals is a living culture. Myths were associated with totems.  A clan had more than one totem.  These are some of the main totems or dreamings which are often represented in sculptural forms like this carving .

Wuruweba, a Parrot

Jinungagada,  Eagle

Dauwalja, Curlew

Jinigarga,  A bird

 

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Groote Eylandt  is a small island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory.  The people living on Groote Eylandt are called Wanindiljaugwa. The mythology of these people like that of other Aboriginals is a living culture. Myths were associated with totems.  A clan had more than one totem.  These are some of the main totems or dreamings which are often represented in sculptural forms like this carving .

Wuruweba, a Parrot

Jinungagada,  Eagle

Dauwalja, Curlew

Jinigarga,  A bird