Wandjina, Gyorn Gyorn & Unguds (Cloud And Rain Spirits, Bradshaw & Totems), 2022


  • 69cm x 72cm
  • 2022
  • Acrylic On Canvas
  • Catalog No: 2254-22-0036

The Wandjina spirits are highly respected by the people of Mowanjum. The Wandjinas brought the law, culture and language. The people of Mowanjum believe that the first Wandjina was called Idjair who lives in the Milky Way and is the father of all Wandjinas. The Wandjina Wallungunda was Idair’s first son; he created the Earth and all life upon it. After he created the first human beings, the Gyorn Gyorn people, Wallungunda traveled back to Idjair to bring back more Wandjinas to give the Gyorn Gyorn people laws to live by. Today the Gyorn Gyorns are known to give our corroboree and became hunters, collectors and gatherers.The Wandjina is highly respected by the people because it gave the law, culture and language. The Unguds represent the dreaming of the people which the Wandjina has given. Before birth, the Ungud is given to the father or the grandfather of a child. It way come through dreams, or it may come as a living animal. The animal becomes a gift from the Wandjina to the unborn child which the child belongs to. When the child dies it will go back to being that animal. Today every individual has their own animal.