Now a familiar and broadly depicted figure of iconography, it is important to acknowledge the development of this quite recent sculptural tradition. The depiction of this particular spirit being, once used as an addition to the sharing of song cycles and ceremony, has since been elevated to a prominent form and subject of contemporary sculpture. Variation in the creation of mimih acts as an indication of the individualism of each artist and their stylistic markers. Additionally significant to note is that in the space of the past thirty years the mimih has begun being produced by multiple language groups residing in the Maningrida area including the traditional owners of Maningrida, the Ndjébbana, speaking Kunibidji as well as Gurrgoni people who have strong ties to Kuninjku.
Text courtesy of Maningrida Arts & Culture. Maningrida Arts & Culture acknowledge the work of many academic and non-academic voices when writing this topic, and it is important to note Luke Taylor, whose broad research has informed the above text.
There are two Dreaming (Creation) ladies at Bábbarra billabong - Djómi and Bábbarra. These two are sisters: one freshwater 'mermaid' and one saltwater.
“When it rains at Bábbarra, or when a cyclone come, it's because our Dreaming is too strong. These are lots of women spirits. When the storm comes, the spirits go in the underground rivers and hide safely.”
Djómi Text courtesy of Bábbarra Women’s Centre Reproduced with permission through Maningrida Arts & Culture.
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