This is an innovative work in that these works are the first time that this artist (and possibly any Yolngu artist from Northeast Arnhem) has dispensed with an outline drawn in a heavy brush as a basis for the work. In this case she has used the Marwat (brush made from several human hairs) as the tool with which to create the skeleton of the design.
Garrapara is a coastal headland within Blue Mud Bay. This sacred design shows the water of Djalma Bay chopped up by the blustery South Easterlies of the early Dry season.
It marks the spot of a sacred burial area for the Dha`\lwa\u clan and a site where dispute was formally settled by Makarrata (ceremony in which wrong doers were subject to ordeal by spear).
During the times after the 'first mornings', ancestral hunters left the shores of Garrapara in their canoe towards the horizon hunting for turtle. Sacred songs and dance narrate the heroic adventures of the set women as they passed sacred areas and rocks and saw ancestral totems on their way. Their hunting came to grief, with the canoe capsizing and the hunters being drowned. The bodies washed back to the shores of Garrapara with the currents and the tides, as the Walupini (Thunder head storm cloud) followed with its rain and wind. Their canoe with paddle and totems queen fish Makani and long tom Minyga and turtle Gårunare all referred to in the songs and landscape. The white shape shows the island Gunyuru.
Makarrala, the ritual throwing of spears at a miscreant of Yollulaw took place here. At Garrapara sacred trees held these barbed spears whilst not in use. Garrapara has been rendered by the wavy design for Yirritja saltwater in Blue Mud Bay called Mulurru. The Mulurru is deep water that has many states and connects with the sacred waters coming from the land estates by currents and tidal action. Other clans of Blue Mud Bay that share similar mythology also paint this deeper salt water which links them.