CROCODILE, TURTLE & BLACK LIZARD by Mabel Juli

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CROCODILE, TURTLE & BLACK LIZARD by Mabel Juli
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Catalog Number : 838240
Size : 120cm x 45cm
Medium : Natural Ochre And Pigments On Canvas
For Sale : Contact Short St Gallery
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About CROCODILE, TURTLE & BLACK LIZARD
In the Ngarrangkarni the lizard danced in a corroborree, with paperbark wrapped around his head and bushes tied around his arm and legs so that he could "dance proper bush way". When the crocodile was asleep, waiting for the corroboree to begin, the black "stinky" ant called Bingin went to the bat and told him that the crocodile had been talking about him, and has said that the bat was no good for dancing because he was too skinny. The bat grabbed a spear and went to the corroborree where the crocodile had started dancing. He threw the spear at the crocodile and got him right in the side, killing him. The turtle, thecrocodile's mother, picked him up in a coolamon and walked away to look for water to bury her son in. Along the way she put the coolamon down and dug a spear into the ground searching for water. Each time she did this the lizard, who had followed them sucked the fat from the crocodile's side. (This is why today the crocodile has a short fat on one side). When the turtle finally found water she covered the crocodile's body with Kam (bark) to make him sink down into the water. The turtle then covered her own body in bark so that she too would sink down into the water. She was so sad for the crocodile that she wanted to follow him.