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Kurrih (Bluetongue Lizard Story)

Glen Namundja

Ochre on Arches Paper

61cm x 41cm


Kurrih was the name of a man living in the area known as Mangardubu (Cooper’s Creek) during the Dreamtime. The man was Nawamud “skin”. He was making a kundjabarrk (a traditional multi-purpose ‘dilly bag’) from pandanus fibre when he looked back and saw that men were hunting him. The men were carrying spears and spear throwers. To hide he climbed into the dilly bag that he was making and in doing so he became kurrih(a blue-tongued lizard) also called mirlhdarl. This story explains why the blue-tongued lizard has skin that resembles the texture of a dilly bag. The painting shows the main elements of the story with the hunters approaching as kurrih crawls into the dilly bag.

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