Neil McLeod Fine Arts, VIC
Cooee Art, NSW
Nimbuwa came to Coopers Creek from the south. There he met 2 other mythical men, Jidui & Wuragag, who came from the north. Nimbuwa then walked to Gunnedjulg. There Djundi & his wife Gularmundudj were camped. She expected a baby. Her husband went into the bush to get paperbark for the child. When he returned he could not see his wife, nor the baby. But a big snake stood there. It had swallowed both. Jidui took his stone axe & wanted to kill the snake but as he began to hit it, it turned into a rock pillar. He continued to hit it until the axe head flew off. Nimbuwa rock is really the petrified Rainbow Snake. The narrow neck was caused by the blows of the axe. The small rock point protruding below the neck on the right side is the woman Gularmunduji [note different spelling to that above], being carried off by the Snake. The small rock on the right end of the foundation is a metamorphosed man called Gilingalgan who came from the east, carrying hooked spears (NMA, catalogue worksheet for 1985.0153.0050, Bobby Nganjmirra, compiled by Dr Helen Groger-Wurm).
This work was exhibited in & toured New Zealand and regional Victoria.Share