Yawkyawk at Barrihdjowkkeng

Barrihdjowkkeng is an area belonging to the Dankorlo clan in the upper Tomkinson River district of West Arnhem Land. The names literally means “they crossed over”, and refers to the travels of ancestral Yawkyawk (Water Spirits) through the area. Yawkyawk are spirits with tails like fish, who guard sacred water bodies. The river here can stop flowing in the dry season, contracting to a series of waterholes (kunngad) represented by the circles in this work. The rarrk (hatching) surrounding these circles represents water and the course of the river. Yawkyawk are said to be able to travel underground between these waterholes. People may swim in the river, but not in the waterholes otherwise they may be pulled under by the Yawkyawk which protect these sacred sites.
There is also a male father Yawkyawk at Barrihdjowkkeng.

Manbu kunred Barrihdjowkeng makka bedberre nawu Dankorlo Nguya bedberre nawu birridankorlo kunred bedberre.kaddum kore Tomkinson River.Manbu kunngey Barrihdjowkeng kayime bininj birridjowkeng nawu nayuhyungki nawu birriyungki bininj birrihni bu korroko duninjh.Yawkyawk kabirridjangdi kumekke nawu birriberddjenj.Manbu mankabo kukku kabongurdme bu Kurrung kabore kore Kunngad kahdjorlok.Yawkyawk kabirrire kore kunngad kore kahdjorlok.Bininj kabirriwurlebme kore mankabo dja minj kabirriwurlebme kore kahdjorlok wardi yawkyawk ngundimang kanjdji ngundikan.Kore kahdjorlok bukka wanjh kubolkdjamun yawkyawk kabirrihbolknahnan dja kumekk mak kornkumo yawkyawk kahdi kore Barrihdjowkeng,