Texas, Darragyn and Bawoorrooga
artists' country around Warmun
15 AM 1746/04
Patrick Mung Mung Larreniny - Yunurrl 2001
Natural ochre & pigment on canvas 1400 x 1000mm SOLD
Yunurrl Country ( also known as Spring Creek Station) is where Patrick was born. This is his daarm (home).
Larreniny is the name of a waterhole that lies in a cave at Yunurrl. Goorlabal, the rainbow snake, travelled through
this country in the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) and still lives in the cave. This is a sacred men's place. This is
"dangerous Law snake, too dangerous to tell more". The cave is the black shape to the right of the painting. This
place is near 14 Mile on Texas Downs Station. The hills in the foreground of the painting are Ngarrangkarni
Balilmal (Dreamtime breasts). Yunurrl lies on the other side of the Ord River, across from Texas Downs Station.
This is yowal yowal country (black soil country) which becomes very boggy when wet. When Patrick was a small
child his family moved to Texas Downs Station where he grew up. When he mustered cattle to Kilfoyle Yard on
Texas, near the Ord, Patrick used to cross the river to visit the Spring Creek mob. Patrick says "my country, that
makes me strong. It takes me back to where I started; the country where I was born and the country for my
mother and father. I can walk all of this country and I never get lost. I know every short cut all the way back to
Texas, all the way back to Yunurrl."