The totem for your business should be Djanpa (the Banyan Tree) as it will have strong roots and bear lots of fruit.
— Terry Gandadila, ceremonial leader of the Murrungun clan

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The Banyan Tree: the totem for our business.

The Murrungun/Djinang clan from Miwimbi in the Northern Territory are custodians of the banumbirr ceremony, or morning star story. This tribal story or song cycle contains many layers of information about life, death and regeneration, as well as information about hunting, the seasons and marriage. The Banyan Tree or Djanpa, as it is called in their language, is an important shade tree, providing cool relief from the heat of the day.

There are many species of banyan trees world wide. The particular species referred to in this indigenous song-line from the Northern territory is Ficus Virens.

Terry Gandadila, the ceremonial leader of the Murrungun/Djinang clan and the son of the artist Jack Wunuwun, gave this totem to Cecille for her business after she published their tribal story for the first time in a book called Song of the Dreamtime, the Morning Star Series.


About The Leaf Illustration

This wonderful illustration by Christian Watson (@1924us) has been skilfully drawn on the surface of a dried leaf from one of the large banyan trees (ficus virens) found in the Botanic Gardens of Sydney.

"I wanted to focus on the way the roots come towards us, the way your business reaches out far to people. The leaves are black to represent the shading of the sun which is seen as distant in the background, shaded below the roots are spots of grass and the flat plains are seen in the background ahead of the sun. A young man stands at the base of this monumental tree, towering high above him; he holds the traditional spear of the Australian indigenous people."