Image: 50 x 25cm, Paper: 60 x 40cm HAHNEMUHLE
Buffalo story 4CC
As told by the artist:
‘This story starts when I went to Buymarr.
Mutpi was the name of the beach. I went walking and saw footprints looking like piggy piggy.
I was looking for Larraṉi (bush apple). I went along and saw Yolŋu telling a story about old people, I looked around again, Hey where have them old people gone? They went up the tree. Then there was just a little girl standing there with dharpa (stick) and that was me. I looked around, I started praying, I saw a buffalo eating gumbu (white berry). So I bent down hiding from the buffalo through the bushes but that buffalo came towards me. I was scared and weak with fear. That buffalo kept coming and I turned around and ran away. The buffalo charged me and put his horn in my back the buffalo was angry and it speared me. The pain was bad. I was hurt.
My two sisters came down looking for me. I was sick and laying in the grass. We walked to Garrthalala. The hospital plane came and took me to Nhulunbuy and then flew me to Darwin hospital. I survived to tell the story. In this story is my watu (dog), my two sisters, the Madakarritj (angry) buffalo and me.
When I saw the Berndt crayon drawings it was good to see pictures from my father.’
Printed April 2008