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Manmakkawarri Djang (Catfish Dreaming)

Glen Namundja

Ochre on Arches Paper

31cm x 41cm


There is a Catfish Dreaming here in Kunbarllanjnja (Gunbalanya). In the old days people used to go and hit the Catfish Dreaming rock with a leafy branch and ask the fish to go down to that big billabong, so people could get lots of catfish with their fish nets and fishing spears. The rock is still here, on the south side of town near the single mens’ houses. Young and old used to go down to that billabong. But people don’t do the increase ritual today. And today we don’t swim or stand in the water because there’s lots of crocodiles everywhere even out on the floodplains or even over on the other side in the creeks and swamps. We have other Dreamings here, the Leech Dreaming and Turtle Dreaming at the bottom of Nimbabbirr hill and a Long Tom Dreaming at the bottom of Injalak hill. There’s also a Magpie Goose Dreaming on top of Arrkuluk hill. And the main one here is a Dog Dreaming, Adjumarllarl.

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