Freshwater Animals

The subject of the painting are some of the animals found in freshwater rivers and billabongs in the artist’s country. They are a major source of food for the Kunwinjku people who live in and around Oenpelli in western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. The reptiles is kedjebe the file snake, so called because of its rasp-like skin. The artist has also painted a kurrkabal or long tom, a dunbuhmanj or bream and wakkih or yabbie. The animals are painted with mandem the waterlily which is found in many waterways and provides food for humans and animals. The hand stencils of the artist have also been included which is an aspect of the rock art tradition.