Yondee Shane Hansen
Yondee Shane Hansen is a Noongar man from Western Australia, born is Dumbleyung, 270km south of Perth. The name Dumbleyung is derived from the Aboriginal word "dambeling". meaning large lake and refers to the lake nearby which is the largest in southwest WA. Yondee remembers this lake as a child and being told stories of the wagal (rainbow snake).
Shane was told about hunting and shown sand drawings by his father. Around the age of ten, he would travel and visit his aunties on Derbarl Yerrigan (the Swan River) and would collect paperbark to help them in their artwork. It was there that he started to learn about art from his older relatives who are known for their painting on paperbark.
About the artwork
In this painting, Shane paints the crocodile, swimming in the billabongs. He describes the croc living in the billabongs during the dry months. The crocodile cleans out the billabong with his tail while searching for small prey to eat. The croc in this dreaming represents courage, strength, and primal instincts.