Mimih Spirit (116cm)
Hand carved and hand painted wooden Mimih Spirit by Bronwyn Kelly who is working with Marrawuddi Arts and Culture, Kakadu.
- Artist: Bronwyn Kelly
- Acryclic on Wood
- Cat No 1865-21
According to the Kunwinjku people of West Arnhem Land, Mimih spirits were the original spirit beings, who taught Aboriginal people many of the skills they needed to survive in the bush. They also taught aspects of ceremony. Mimih spirits are believed to inhabit the rocky escarpments around Gunbalanya but because they are extremely timid, they are rarely seen by humans. They are frequently depicted in the rock art of Arnhem Land as small, dynamic figures, often shown with a range of hunting tools such as spears, spear throwers, dilly bags and fire sticks - Injalak Arts
Bronwyn Kelly (b. 1977) is the daughter of Shirly Nganjmirra and David Kelly. Her language group is Kunwinjku, her Dreaming is Duwa and her Clan is Mirradja. Bronwyn lives in Oenpelli, Northern Territory.
Marrawuddi is owned and governed by Mirarr Traditional Owners through their organisation Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and all proceeds from Marrawuddi are used in Gundjeihmi’s community work.
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