Salt Water Fish & Animals

The subject of the painting are some of the numerous fish and other animals found in salt water across the top end of Australia. Kunwinjku people travel to the coast around Cobourg Peninsula, Murgenella and Croker Island, which are situated in Western Arnhem Land, to hunt these animals. The ngambarlbarl or queen fish and mungkurlkurl or trevally are caught from either boat or shore. Nawarlah or stingray are speared in sandy shallow water with three-pronged spears. The minmawurri or sea snakes are not eaten as they are venemous. The fish have been painted in the classsic “x-ray” style with internal organs and backbone shown which is one of the hallmarks of Kunwinjku paintings in the rock art tradition.

Kore djurra bimbom kahbimdi nawu mayh djenj ngarringalke kore Kurrula.Ngad nawu Kunwinjku ngarriwokdi bu ngarridjare ngarrire kore kunred Coburg Peninsula Murgenella dja Croker Island bu ngarridjare djenj nawu kurrulawaken yiman Ngambarlbarl queen fish dja Mungkurlkurl Trevally fish ngarrimang kore kabbala dja yika ngarridi kore kukadjid.ngarrimang wakkidj.Nawu Nawarlah nakka ngarrire kore kubuk kumekke ngarridanjbun djalakkiradj.nawu nayin Minmawurri nakka minj karringun nawarre.