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Raymond Bulambula

Raymond Bulambula

Bulambula was born in Milingimbi and raised at Rapuma Island, his mother’s country to the east. His father Djimbun was very old when he was growing up and he was raised primarily by his four mothers and maternal uncle. As a young man he moved to his and his father’s country at Langarra (Howard Island – located beneath the southern tip of Elcho Island). Here he learned his sacred stories from his father’s nephews.
Bulambula continues to create his Mandjikay Wobulkarra clan designs. These designs are connected to various sites on his country, including Langarra. He creates artworks associated with the ancestral travels of a trevally which swims across Arnhem Land from east to west, carrying a string that connects several Yirritja clans through ceremony and songline. The dhukurrurru (sacred stone), latjin (mangrove worm and tree), monuk gapu (saltwater), and the warraka (cycad) are amongst the designs that he regularly paints.
Bulambula now lives at Boydia outstation on Milingimbi Island. He is the senior Djunkaya or ‘Ceremonial Manager’ of the ‘three tribes’, Gamalangka, Gorriyindi and Malarra. He produces associated works such as the Maladjirri (morning star pole) which belongs to his mother’s side (Gorryindi), the Burrnumbirr (morning star pole) from the Malarra clan, as well as works referencing the larratitja (barracuda), djanda (water goanna) and manba (dolphin).