Samuel Namunjdja paints not only his traditional stories, but also looks to less sacred surroundings and everyday activities such as fishing for yabbies, and other animals and plants, including Ngarrbek, the echidna.
Eastern Kunwinjku art is well known for its relationship to rock art in the Mann River region. A munber of rock art sites in this region depict images of echidnas. One local Mann River mythology tells of the rock spirits called Mimih who kept a pet echidna which can take on the form of a dog called Djamuwanki.
Thus the painting of animals such as this echidna, ngarrbek in Kunwinjku language, represents the aminal as a food source, a personal totem and a reference to popular mythology.
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