Here the daughter of Narritjin has painted mythologies of her Mangalili clan that founded Djarrakpi - the homeland of her clan - and events that gave rise to this clan's mortuary ceremony. An understanding of the work relies upon a basic outline of the Mangalili clan's 'outside story' as fellows.
It was in the wangarr, ancestral times, when the Guwak (Koel Cuckoo) men, Munuminya and Yikawana, sitting under the shade of the sacred Marawili (a Gunyawu or bush cashew) tree, instructed the ancestral koel cuckoo Guack to lead the Mangalili people to this new place they had established for them at Djarrakpi. Having seen the people settled in their new homeland they announced to the Mangalili their farewell, that they, the Guwak men were to travel out to sea, to a place in the sky and that they would become stars which would shine out of the night sky.
So a canoe and paddles were made and their journey began by paddling down the Milnuya River which flows into the Blue Mud Bay near Djarrakpi. In the bay, at a place of significance, strong winds developed and a wake from the ancestral turtle capsized the canoe - the men drowned. At this place is the site of Yinalpiva, the freshwater crocodile's nesting place. This same place is the spirit source for Mangalili people. The Guwak Men, it was said, had attempts made on them to be rescued. A special log Milkamirri or Bandumul, containing mangrove worms offred itself as assistance. Noykal the ancestral king fish is also manifest in this form. Even the rock cod they had caught for their journey offered assistance, as did Dhla the sea creature. It was to no avail however as the men had destined themselves as offerings, to the night sky where they and subsequent Mangalili souls are seen today in the Milky Way. These Mangalili souls attain their celestial position by means of possum fur string Burrkun that connects Djarrakpi at the site of the Marawili tree to night sky. Miliyawuy or Milnuya as the Milky Way is also looked upon as the nesting place for the ancestral crocodiles Yinalpiya.
The night bird Guwak became lonely so he set out to find his friend Marrnu, the possum, to talk to. During the day he found him in several places but Marrnu would not talk to him because it was daylight. Ever since the Guwak only calls at night as he knows that this is the only time that Marrnu will answer him. During his travels that day, as he flew along the coast, he saw the kingfish Noykal and feeling hungry called out "Noykal if you will jump out of the water onto the sand I will give you some land." Noykal did so and was gobbled up by the Guwak. At long last he came to Djarrakpi and in the moonlight he saw the sacred tree on the cliff. As he was very tired it was with great relief that he landed in the top of the tree and noticed the Gunyan crabs playing in the sand at the foot of the cliff, running from their holes through the parallel lines of foam left by the ebbing tide. As he sat looking about, he heard a noise and realised Marrnu was inside the hollow tree. He then sent Garanyirrnyirr, the cicada, down the tree with a message to Marrnu who came up the tree to the Guwak and they spent the night talking about the sacred places of the Mangalili.
They sent Garanyirrnyirr with a message to Nyapalinu and asked her to come with them into the Mangalili country. The possum travelled ahead and left a path for them to follow. Before the Guwak and Nyapalinu came together at Djarrakpi, when they met at the sacred possum tree Guwak had already travelled extensively with Garanyirryirr his messenger, and named sacred places for the Mangalili.