• 22. Funeral Bird
  • 22. Funeral Bird
  • 22. Funeral Bird
  • 22. Funeral Bird

Sandy Maymuru

22. Funeral Bird

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“When people pass away, when they bury the body underneath, when they finish the funeral they put a line. They string the line up and the line represents all the clans. The bird, he can tell you. He can tell all the people from the clans who has passed away, so everyone knows. He’s the messenger.” ~ Sandy Maymuru

    • Manganese, medium, acrylic and oil on wood
    • Dimensions: 67 x 13 x 13 cm
    • Cat No. SM02-0024

Yolgnu aritst Sandy Maymuru was born in Gove in 1975 and followed his Uncle to Groote Eylandt in 1991. Living here with his Anindilaykwa partner, Sandy has developed a deep understanding of Anindilyakwa culture and history. A former member of Yothu Yindi, Sandy is an accomplished Yidaki maker and player. He crafts intricate wood sculptures, yiraka (digeridoos), bark paintings and spears that blend his extensive knowledge of Yolngu and Anindilywakwa culture. Sandy is passionate about sharing his skills and knowledge with the younger generation of men in Angurugu.

Anindilyakwa Arts is a thriving hub of creativity located on the Groote Eylandt Archipelago in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory. Warnumamalya artists are engaged across the Archipelago, with art centres in Umbakumba, Angurugu and Milyukbura. Diverse art programs focus on traditional and contemporary art practices, as well as, community engagement programs. Artists practices span across weaving, fibre art, carving, printmaking, fashion design and painting. Anindilyakwa Arts is part of the Anindilyakwa Land Council and is as an integral part of the Preserving Culture Department, supporting the economic, cultural and social outcomes of the Warnumamalya people.

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