Wandjina, Ungud, Gyorn Gyorn & Dumbi, 2020


  • 45cm x 45cm x cm
  • 2020
  • acrylic on canvas
  • Catalog No: 2254-20-0161
  • The Wandjina he created the Earth and all life upon it.  After he created the first human beings, the Gyorn Gyorn people.  The Wandjina then told the Gyorn Gyorn to work the land and do well.  The Gyorn Gyorns were confused and didn’t understand what the Wandjina wanted from them.  The Wandjina was annoyed couldn’t control the Gyorn Gyorn.  He travelled back to Wallungunder (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 the dancing the traditional dancing amongst our tribes.The tribes the Wororra, Wunumbul and Ngaringyin.  The three tribes represents the Wandjina.  The Wandjina made the tribes to be what they are today.  We the three tribes are from the North Kimberley region of Western Australia.  The area that makes up the three starts from Oobagoomah which is  150km North off 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

    The Dumbi’s belong to the Wandjina and no-one cannot make fun or kill them, because the Wandjina will send a big rain just like in the flood story.


    The Ungud Snake is the one that made the rivers and holds water. If they are disturbed then he will kill whoever disturbs him.

    different dialects.  The Wandjina made us to be how we are today.  We still follow the Law, Culture and Language of the land today carring it on strong and sharing. 

  • Painting
  • Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre