Djomi by Joy Garlbin

Djomi by Joy Garlbin 129 x 4 x 4cm.jpg
Djomi by Joy Garlbin 129 x 4 x 4cm.jpg

Djomi by Joy Garlbin


Joy Garlbin

Dukùrrdji Clan

129 x 4 x 4cm

Ochre on wood

"There are two Dreaming (Creation) ladies at Bábbarra billabong - Djómi and Bábbarra. These two are sisters : one freshwater 'mermaid' and one saltwater. 'Big long head, big stomach and very skinny legs that Bábbarra.'                                            Their mother is the crocodile who lives in the Bábbarra billabong.

Both sisters give people babies through drinking water at Bábbarra. That's why men stay away and Bábbarra is a sacred women's site. Too strong our Dreaming - even men can get that baby in their tummies !

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.

If you go fishing in our country, you have to be careful not to catch the Bábbarra and Djómi 'mermaids'. Some people catch them thinking they are barramundi, but they are actually the 'mermaid' spirits. You will know because they have white hair."

Description by Lena Djabibba, Djungkay, Mother's Country and Ceremonial Manager of Bábbarra and Joy Garlbin, the artist and  landowner for Bábbarra.

Text courtesy of Bábbarra Women's Centre ©2018. Reproduced with permission through Maningrida Arts & Culture.

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