Djidjnguk Fishing Spirit
Djidjnguk is a fishing spirit who can only be found fishing in freshwater billabongs and rivers in Arnhem Land. He often lives in the big paperbark trees that surround the waterways. He can be seen and heard making a special noise at night when hunting for djenj (fish) and kuluban (flying fox). Djidjnguk is shown in this painting with a djerrh (dilly bag) that he would use to carry his catch and hunting tools in.
It is said that on a full moon Djidjnguk can become a bit “cheeky” and if you happen to be fishing at his water hole on full moon he might try to scare you because he thinks you are trying to steal all his fish, this being the reason why most bininj (Aboriginal people) won’t go fishing on a full moon.
Nawu Djidjnguk nakka nungan djenj kahngun.Djidjnguk nakka dedjdjumbung murrngrayek dja nabang warrih.Nungan kare kukak djenj kayawan,bu djaying birriyimeng nawu dabborrabbolk bu ngurrire kukak djenj ngurrinan kahkukyongoyo nawern .Wanjh yun ngurrimang nawu djenj nakka djidjnguk nuye .Nungka kakan nuye mankole mandanj dja djerrh nawu karranjbun kakukdahkendong djenj kore djerrh nuye.Yika kunyal kayalkan djenjkenh kakukkurrurrubun.Djidjnguk kayo kore kungarre kore manngarrekimuk,kare kukak djenj kayawan yika djaying karribekkan kawokkire bu djenj kayawan.Kaluk kare bu Dird kadi dirdngukmak bu kabolkwolkan bu djenj kanan karranjbun.