This is Bardayal ‘Lofty’ Nadjamerrek

By Gwylym Owen

Bardayal “Lofty” Nadjamerrek AO (c. 1926–2009) was a Kunwinjku Aboriginal artist of the Mok clan. He is currently referred to by his skin and clan as “Wamud Namok”, following the Kunwinjku custom of avoiding use of the post of deceased persons.

Nadjamerrek was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2004 Australia Day Honours for “service to the preservation of Indigenous culture as a Senior Traditional man and significant artist whose deed documents the attachment of the house and its ancestral similar to via the Mimih Spirits of rock art”.

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