'This is a carving of a male saltwater crocodile who ran off with a freshwater female from Kencherang Lagoon. Angered by the elopement, a big freshwater male attacked the saltwater crocodile. They both bled and the saltwater bit the freshwater on the tail, so he's got a short tail. And the freshwater bit the saltwater on the snout, so his nose is shorter than his tail now. Saltwater family heard him cry, so they went up and found him bleeding, made a stretcher and took him back to the beach, and slept a couple of nights. Afterwards the saltwater family was singing songs.'—Clifford and Roland Toikalkin, and Craig Koomeeta © Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory


  • Title: Saltwater crocodile
  • Creator: Craig Koomeeta
  • Creator Lifespan: 1977
  • Creator Nationality: Australian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date: 2001
  • Type: Three-Dimensional Work
  • Rights: Purchased 2001, Telstra Collection, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory © licensed by Wik & Kugu Arts & Crafts Centre
  • Medium: synthetic polymer paint on wood
  • Geographical Region of Artist: Aurukun, West Cape region
  • Exhibition: 18th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2001
  • Ethnic Language Group: Wik Mungkam, Wik Ngatharr, Wik Elkan
  • Dimensions: 55 x 50 x 180 cm
  • Collection: Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
  • Award: Winner Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra)
  • Artist Ethnicity: Aboriginal

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