Born : 1971
Language : Kuninjku
Moiety : Duwa
Country : Yikarrakkal
About the Artist : Paul Nabulumo is the son of Mick Kubarkku, an artist well known for his paintings of the full and new moons, the sun and the stars. Although Paul paints a range of images the images that were handed down from his father refer to a sites in the clan estate, at a place called Dirdbim which literally means 'image of the moon'. The site is a large unusually round hole in a sandstone residual on the plain not far from the Mann River. The large hole is said to be the full moon created by the rainbow serpent 'ngalyod' who pierced the rock in times of the 'Dreaming' and left the shape of the full moon. Dirdbim is not far from the artists' residence today at Yikarrakkal and the area is rich in rock art and old camping sites. There are also numerous human remains, bones wrapped up in paperback, lying in clefts of sandstone shelters. The Eastern Kunwinjku people of the district have always used Dirdbim as a mortuary site because of the mythological history of the area which is connected to the moon story. This is because the mythology of the moon ancestor relates how an adversary, the spotted quoll, argued with the moon over the fate of humanity. The quoll decided he would die once and once only, however, the moon took his place in the sky to be reborn each lunar month. The techniques of bark painting are usually handed down from one generation to the next, as are the rights of each artist to a particular site or 'Dreaming'. Paul continues to develop and evolve in his fathers image.
Words thanks to The Australian Art Print Network
Paul Nabulumo Namarinjmak
Ngalyod - Rainbow serpent in the stone country
Natural pigments on bark
200 x 65 cm
Ngalyod is very important in Kuninjku cosmology and is associated with the creation of sacred sites in Kuninjku clan lands. Ngalyod has both powers of creation and destruction and is most strongly associated with the monsoon season, bodies of water and waterfalls, and rainbows. Aboriginal myths about the rainbow serpent often describe her as a fearful creature who swallows humans only to regurgitate them, transformed by her blood.