Mimih Kawarlbun Kunj (Mimih Hunting Kangaroo) 37/99 by Gabriel Maralngurra

Mimih Kawarlbun Kunj (Mimih Hunting Kangaroo) 37/99

This etching by Gabriel shows a Mimih Spirit figure hunting Kunj (Kangaroo) with traditional hunting implements. According to the Kunwinjku people of West Arnhem Land, Mimihs were the original spirit beings and taught Aboriginal people many of the skills they needed to survive in the bush along with ceremonies, dance and song. These spirits continue to live in rocks, trees and caves but are rarely seen by humans. They are frequently depicted in the rock art of Arnhem Land as small, dynamic figures, often shown with the same range of hunting tools depicted in this etching. They are mankole (spears), borndok (spear throwers), djerrh (dilly bags) and karramalk (hafted stone axes).

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