Billabong Scene & Mimih Spirits

The artist has painted various edible reptiles found in the billabongs, watercourses and wetlands that occur throughout Arnhem Land in the ‘Top End’ of Australia. These include Ngalmangiyi (Long necked Turtle), Kedjebe (File Snake) and Burarr (Water Goanna). Underneath the billabong creatures, the painting is layered with Mimih spirits who taught Aboriginal people many of the skills they needed to survive in the bush. They are frequently depicted in the rock art of Arnhem Land as small, dynamic figures, often shown with a range of hunting tools such as spears, spear throwers, dilly bags and fire sticks.