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Bardmardi clan, Jawoyn–Kundedjnjenghmi language, Yirridjdja moiety

Najombolmi. Photo: Judy Opitz

About 1895–1967

Najombolmi was a renowned rock painter as well as a bark painter, and had a reputation as a great hunter and fisherman, hence his nickname Barramundi Charlie.

Najombolmi’s rock art can be seen in Kakadu National Park: his Lightning Man Namarrkon at Anbangbang near Nourlangie rock shelter, and his image of a hunter at the Djerlandjal site near Mount Brockman.

Najombolmi also restored older rock paintings, in keeping with tradition, to retain the power of the ancestors and spirits they depict.

His bark paintings were shown in Art of the Dreamtime, Tokyo, in 1966, and at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1974.

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