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Dreamtime story of the willy willy
1989

Medium
earth pigments and natural binder on canvas
Measurements
160.1 × 200.1 cm
Place/s of Execution
Warmun, Western Australia
Accession Number
O.1-1990
Department
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1990
© the artist's estate, reproduced courtesy of Warmun Art Centre
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 14
Level 3, NGV Australia
This painting shows the ancestral path of miowin, a willy willy or spiralling dust storm, indicated by the swirling red-ochre design unleashed on the matt, white surface of the land and rising into the sky. The storm began as a murmur, in the upper right, and kept increasing in size and velocity as it moved through Jaru Country until it reached badangu ngapa (the main waterhole), shown enclosed by the spiral. Here the willy willy was consumed by Garagi, the Rainbow Serpent, who is associated with storms in the Kimberley region.