Nawernwarre Nawalawalak dja Kinga (Two Brothers and the Crocodile Story)

Two Nawakadj brothers were living at Yirrkardadayi (Cooper’s Creek area). The older brother was married while his younger brother was single. The older brother was renowned for his hunting abilities, particularly kumoken, the freshwater crocodile. One day the brothers saw what they thought was a kumoken but was really a kinga. The elder, with his brother’s encouragement decided to attempt to hunt the crocodile. He instructed the younger to stop and mind his wife. When the older brother jumped in to catch the crocodile the kinga grabbed him. From the bank it was difficult to see what was happening although the younger brother shouted encouragement. It became quiet. When his brother’s reproductive organs floated to the surface, the younger Nawakadj realised that his brother had not been successful. He happily took responsibility for his sister-in-law and made her his wife.