Joey calls this painting ‘kunred’ which means country. It is a representation of the landscape around Gunbalanya which he has painted using traditional ceremonial design.
A very long time ago in the Gunbalanya area, people spoke Erre and Mengerr languages. These languages were not brought in by anyone, they came from this place. Later, the traditional owner of this area, Nipper Marakara Gumurdal, of the Mandjurlngunj clan group, welcomed the first people who came in from the East. He said to them, “OK, all of you come and we’ll live together in this area”. So people who spoke what we call “Mayali” languages (Kunwinjku, Dangbon, Kunbarlang and other languages from the East) came to live in this Gunbalanya area. So now we all were born and grown up here in Gunbalanya even though many of us have ancestors from the East.
Bu korroko duninjh kondanjkunu kunred Kunbarllanjnja birridjalni birriwokdi kunwok bedberre Erre dja Mengerr nawu bininj dja daluk.Minj nangale benyikayinj kumrawinj larrk.nawu nawokbuyika.Kaluk nungan nawu kured nuye wornhnani Nawamud Namandjurlngunj Nipper Marakara Gumurdul benkimey nawu birriyungki dabborrabbolk yimeng bonj ngurrimray karridjarrkni kondah kunred.Wanjh nawu Mayali kunwok Kunwinjku Dangbon Kunbarlang dja nawu Koyek birrimwam konda kunred.Wanjh ngad karridanginj karridjordmerrinj kondanjkunu kunred Kunbarllanjnja.