Kurrih (Blue-tongued Lizard Story)

Kurrih was the name of a man living in the area known as Mangardubu (Cooper’s Creek) during the Dreamtime. The man was Nawamud “skin”. He was making a kundjabarrk (a traditional multi-purpose ‘dilly bag’) from pandanus fibre when he looked back and saw that men were hunting him. The men were carrying spears and spear throwers. To hide he climbed into the dilly bag that he was making and in doing so he became kurrih(a blue-tongued lizard) also called mirlhdarl. This story explains why the blue-tongued lizard has skin that resembles the texture of a dilly bag. The painting shows the main elements of the story with the hunters approaching as kurrih crawls into the dilly bag.
Nawu Kurrih ngeyoy nakudji bininj nawu yongohyoy kore kunred Mangardubu (Coopers Creek) bu korroko duninjh.Nawu bininj kunkurlah nuyeni Nawamud.nungkah marnbuhmarnbuni kundjabarrk,kaluk bu borledmeng bennang bininj birrihkunimyikani nungkah kurrih Birrimhkani mankole dja borndok.Bu warlkkarrinj ngimeng kore kundjabarrk manbu marnbohmarnbom wanjh yimerranj kurrih.yika kabirringeybun Mirlhdarl.Nanih namekke nawu bim kayolyolme.