Hollow Log 418-23

"Longtaim wen mela bin la bush, mela numu bin abum frisa. Wen sambadi bin finish, mela bin budum detma boun la diskain holo log en mela bin budum det log la keib. Ola abija, amuri en angulmob bin dalim melabat lagijat na."

"Back in the day when we lived out bush, we didn't have freezers. When somebody died we put their bones in a hollow log like this and put the log in a cave. All of our grandfathers and uncles taught us about that."

About Norman Wilfred:

Norman Nullundala Wilfred was born in Mountain Valley in 1964. He grew up in Ngukurr but walked all over this country from Ngukurr to Ngilibitji. When he was 16, he walked to Walker River and set up camp there and started looking for his country with his father. After a couple of days they found Ngilibitji. They stopped there, built a paper bark house and lived on bush food and bush medicine. It was there that Norman was taught painting from his father, using paper bark as a surface. People would fly in from Katherine to buy all their paintings. They lived in the bush right through the wet season.

In his early 20s, Norman returned to Ngukurr and has been painting on and off ever since with the knowledge he learnt from his father.

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Hollow Log 418-23

  • Norman Wilfred | Hollow Log 418-23
  • Norman Wilfred | Hollow Log 418-23
  • Norman Wilfred | Hollow Log 418-23
  • Norman Wilfred | Hollow Log 418-23