Samson has painted Nawernwarre Nawalawalak dja Kinga. 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.
Size 25.5 x 76 cm | Medium Paper | Catalogue # 706-18 | Year 2018
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Artist Samson Namundja
Samson Namundja is the son of Dianne Ginjmulu and Bob Wanurr Namundja.
Samson learned to paint from Lofty, and his father as well as other old men along with Gabriel Maralngurra, Graham Badari, and Glen Namundja.
Samson mostly paints in x-ray style inspired by the rock art but also uses rarrk (cross hatching).
He paints many animals, as well as dreaming stories such as Yawk Yawks and Namarkkon.
Samson also paints Walabi (fishing nets) which he remembers seeing the old people use when he was young.
For him, painting is an important part of culture that should be continued into the future, and wants children to learn and carry on the practice.
Size 25.5 x 76 cm
Catalogue # 706-18