Three Tribes & Gyorn Gyorn (Bradshaw), 2022


  • 68cm x 70cm
  • 2022
  • Acrylic On Canvas
  • Catalog No: 2254-22-0038

The three tribes are the Worrora, Wunumbul and Ngarinyin. The three tribes represent the Wandjina who made them what they are today. They’re from the North Kimberley region of Western Australia. The area that makes up the three tribes starts from Oobagooma which is 150km north of the coast of Derby, east across towards inland to Iminji and all the way up to Kalumburru. The tribes have travelled, moved and lived together. They share the similar stories, culture and language with different dialects. They still follow the law, culture and language of the land today carrying it on strong and sharing. The Wandjina created the Earth and all life upon it. After that he created the first human beings, the Gyorn Gyorn people. The Wandjina then told the Gyorn Gyorn to work the land and do well. They were confused and didn’t understand what the Wandjina wanted from them. The Wandjina was annoyed that he couldn’t control the Gyorn Gyorn. He then travelled back to Wallungunda (Milky Way) to where Idjair was and asked if he could help with the creation. More Wandjinas came back and helped him in all areas in creations. As for the Gyorn Gyorns, they became hunters and gathers. They also show them dancing the traditional dances amongst the tribes.