James Malibirr

James  Malibirr

My name is James Mitjpunun Malibirr. I was born on the beach in Galiwin’ku on the 27th of February 1979. My language is Ganalpingu and my clan is Malibirr. My parents are Lucy Malirrimurruwuy Wanapuyngu and the late Ian Wuluwul Malibirr. My subsection is Gudjuk and my Moiety is Yirritja. When I was about six years old, we moved to Mapurru by boat and lived there until the airstrip was built. Back on Galiwin’ku I visited the Primary School. By the age of nine I moved to Gapuwiyak. My father took me to the men’s ceremony grounds when I was twelve and we visited Raymingirr, Dhupuwamirri, Manynak and many other outstations. It finished at Raminginning with a special smoking ceremony and I was free to return home.That’s where I started to paint. I spent long times in Mapuru looking after my father until he passed away in December 2010. He showed me how to paint on barks and canvas. I like to paint on all kinds of mediums and try out new things. My ngapipi (uncle) is the late Djardi Ashleigh and I paint his and my mothers’s designs.

Dhupuwamirri

Gapuwiyak : NT

Dhupuwamirri

1979-02-27

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