Mimih Spirit Hamish Karrkarrhba

Mimih Spirit Hamish Karrkarrhba

  • Biography

    Mimih Spirits
    Aboriginal people in the rocky environments of western and south-western Arnhem Land tell
    of the existence of tall slender spirits which they call mimih. The name mimih is well known
    throughout the top end of the Northern Territory. Aboriginal groups living in the rocky
    environments of western and southern Arnhem Land share mythology which relates to the
    beings known as mimih. These groups include the Kunwok chain of languages, and also
    Rembarrnga, Dalabon and Djawoyn language groups. Other groups of people with familial
    and ceremonial links to rock country inhabitants are also familiar with the idea of the mimih. In
    recent years the mimih has become a topic in the repertoires of some artists among the
    Kunibidji people, speakers of the Ndjebbana language and the traditional landowners of the
    Maningrida area.
    The people of western Arnhem Land believe that Mimih spirits live in a social organisation
    similar to Aboriginal people and that Mimih society existed before humans. Mimih are credited
    with instructing the first people with knowledge relating to survival in the rocky environment of
    the Arnhem Land plateau. Mimih are said to have taught the first humans how to hunt and
    butcher game and also how to dance, sing and paint. The song and dance style of western
    Arnhem Land Aboriginal people is still known today as mimih style. This term is also used by
    Aboriginal people further east in Central Arnhem Land when describing the dance and song
    of their western neighbours
    Despite the usual depictions of mimihs as being benign towards humans sometimes how. The mimih are like people
    using the same kinship terms and speaking the same language as the local Aboriginal group.
    They live in families like humans and it is said that some of these Aboriginal men with
    mystical knowledge have spent time living with them in their camps.
    Mimih are however, terribly thin, having necks so slender that a stiff breeze would be fatal.
    For this reason they emerge only on windless days and nights to hunt. As soon as a breeze
    develops, the mimih are said to run back to their rocky caverns and disappear inside

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Mimih Spirit Hamish Karrkarrhba

Mimih Spirit
1870 x 3 x 3 cm Beach Hibiscus ochre pigment $1,590.00