Mimih Spirit (116cm)
Hand carved and hand painted wood carving by Gleeson Nabulwad who works from Injalak Arts in Gumulanya, West Arnhem Land.
- Artist: Gleeson Nabulwad
- Acryclic on Wood
- 5 x 116cm
- Cat No 1750-21
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
Gleeson Nabulwad (b.1988) is the son of Connie Nayinggul and Steven Nabulwad. He is a skilled wood worker who enjoys creating work that depicts the wildlife around Gunbalanya. Aside from his creative work he holds a Cert 1 in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture) from CDU (2012).
- Skin Name: Nangarridj
- Language: Kunwinjku
- Dreaming: Duwa
- Clan: Namadjawarr
- Community: Oenpelli, Northern Territory
Injalak Arts has been a centre for art, craft and community since it’s opening in 1989. We are based in Gunbalanya, an Aboriginal community of 1200 in West Arnhem Land at the top of the Northern Territory in Australia.
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