Miny'tji (clan designs)
The principal element of social organisation in Yolŋu society is the clan. See Clans and Kinship. Each clan possesses its own clan designs or miny'tji.
Yirritja clan designs
Dhuwa clan designs
The brightness or ‘shimmer’ of intricate miny’tji signifies the presence of spiritual powers. The patterns were produced by the actions of Ancestors as they travelled across and interacted with the land. They form part of the sacred inheritance of each clan, handed down as title to the country formed by their Ancestors and as a reflection of natural proceses.
The patterns of miny’tji allow you to see water in its many states: shallow or deep, turbulent or calm or dancing with light.