(1927 - 1999)
David Malangi was active/lived in Australia. David Malangi is known for Aboriginal ceremonial body painting.
Biography David Malangi
David Malangi was born in 1927 and for most of his life he lived with his extended family at Yathalamara in the Northern Territory. He passed away in 1999.
He was the head of the Manarrngu clan and one of the most powerful elders of central Arnhem Land. With the death of clan leaders who owned adjacent lands, Malangi inherited custodianship for vast tracts of land on either side of the Goyder River, thus inheriting the associated responsibilities for caring for sacred sites, recounting the journeys of both the Djangkawu creation ancestors and of the ancestor Gurrumurringu.
He began painting as a young boy, taught by his father and uncle to paint on bodies for ceremonies, on hollow logs for burials and late
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