Wanalirri & Ungud (Cloud And Rain Spirit- Ngarinyin & Totem), 2021


  • 60cm x 80cm
  • 2021
  • Acrylic On Canvas
  • Catalog No: 2254-21-0151

Wanalirri is the main Wandjina for Ngarinyin people. His sites are up the Gibb River Road. Dumbi is a barn owl which resides in Ngarinyin country. A boy and a girl teased Dumbi and plucked out his feathers. He then flew to the Wandjina Wodjin who said he would create a large flood to punish the tribe from where the boy and girl came. At a place called Wanalirri, the Wandjina gathered a large flock of brolgas which stomped on a huge black soil plain to create quicksand. The flood came and drowned many people; those who tried to escape were lost in the quicksand. The boy and girl were safe because they were on high ground. They were taken there by a kangaroo, and they traveled on its tail. The Ungud snake is the one that made the rivers and holds water. If they are disturbed then they will kill whoever disturbs them.