Natural earth pigments on Arches paper
30 x 20 cm
The male Black Wallaroo (Macropus Bernadus) is known as barrk or nadjinem in Kunwinjku. The female is known as djukerre. It only lives in a small area of stone country in West Arnhem Land, between South Alligator River and Nabarlek. In the past, Kunwinjku people did not hunt this macropod, because it is believed to be be the pet of Mimih and Nakidjkidj spirits. Barrk is completely black or dark brown, but djukerre (the female) is a mid-grey colour. It is a shy and cautious animal, eating at night and hiding in the rocky escarpments. Barrk is said to have the skin name Balang.
Barrk ngarringeybun nawu ngad bininj ngarriwinjku ngarrikukburlerri dja birrikukbele balanda kabirringeybun black rock wallaby nawu kuwarde kahni kore Western Arnhem Land.
(Text: Andrew Manakgu and Injalak Arts)