Nonggirrnga Marawili


Born: c.1939
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Gangan
Clan: Marrakulu
Region: East Arnhem Land



Nonggirrnga Marawili is the daughter of the Madarrpa’ warrior Mundukul (Lightning snake) and a Galpu woman Buluguwuy. Nongirrnga was a wife of Djapu statesman Djutjadjutja Munungurr (deceased) who won Best Bark painting at the National Aboriginal Art Awards 1997 in which she ably assisted. She was the mother of four sons before birthing her two daughters, Marrnyula and Rerrkirrwanga (both artists, Rerrkirrwanga won Best Bark in Telstra 2009). Nongirrnga is a highly respected senior in her community knowledgeable in two educational systems and practitioner in bush and also institutions. As well many of the works attributed to her husbands were crosshatched by Nongirrnga teaching her family the required skills. She most often paints her husband’s Djapu clan, her mother’s Gålpu clan’s designs or her own Madarrpa.


NSW Art Gallery
Berndt Museum WA
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA National Gallery of Victoria
Scholl Collection USA


Finalist Arthur Guy Memorial Painting prize 2013 Bendigo Art Gallery
Finalist NATSIAA, 2013
Finalist NATSIAA, 2014
Finalist and Highly Commended WAIAA, 2015
Winner of Best Bark Painting NATSIAA, 2015