Kuluybirr (Saratoga) dja Namarddakka (Nail Fish)

The kuluybirr or saratoga is one of Australia’s original and most ancient native fish species. Its sliver scales are highlighted by striking flecks of green and red colour around the gills. These fish have significance as totems to some Aboriginal clan groups in the region but here it is depicted in x-ray style, internal organs showing, which indicates this fish is game rather than one of spiritual significance. Namarddakka (nailfish) have strong spine-like protrusions resembling nails that have given it its name. It can be found in the billabongs and streams of Arnhem Land and is popular bush tucker.

Ngalbu Kuluybirr nalka kadi kare kore kukku manbowinjku.Kore mandem karri kunbak dja mandjimdjim kadulkdjuhmiyindi.Kuluybirr kare kore mankabo manwanjdjad dja karri kore manlabbarlkimuk.Kabirridanjbun djalakkiradj wakkidj kabirrimang dja nawu balandakenh walabi kabirrimang.