Namurre Boko (Two Brothers Story) and Modjarrkki

‘Bini-murreko means two brothers – big brother and little brother. Two brothers were really strong leaders and good hunters, sharing animals with different tribes. With those different tribe there were jealousy going on. Little brother went walkabout and heard the different tribe was talking about his tribe. They said ngarribin manre djed-djedme bokko Meaning: will make spear for them Ngarrbin danj-bun, ngarrbinbun Meaning: will spear them kill them little brother turn around went back tell his brother Namurre bokko kadi marne djed-djedme Karre wonens, kardi-djal danjbun Meaning: they making spear for us, they gonna spear us Couple of months they saw different tribe They changed their attitude They been brining lots of animals to them and start asking for women And that tribe realise that’s how those brothers died. They kill them This Why? They got jealous because two brothers was a good hunter. This story written on the rock art and it stays forever.’ This story was transcribed by Jay Jurrupula. Her lino designs illustrate the different scenes in this ancestral story. This print also includes the story of Modjarrkki the crocodile. Jay is a meticulous artist with a fine lino carving technique and beautiful colour combinations that reflect the Arnhem Land environment.