Wandjina & Unguds, 2015


  • 30cm x 30cm
  • 2015
  • Ochre On Canvas
  • Catalog No: 2254-15-0597

The Wandjina spirits are highly respected by the Worrora, Ngarinyin and Wunumbul people who live at Mowanjum and up the Gibb River Road to Kalumburru in the North West Kimberley region of Western Australia. We believe that the Wandjinas brought the law, culture and language to the people. The Wandjina is our identity. The Wandjina gave the Law, Culture and Language to the people to abide by. These customs are carried on today. Where you see a lot of Wandjinas they represent the laws of tree, rivers, rocks, bush fruit and animals, all creation. The Wandjinas give the law on how we have to treat and use these creations.The Unguds represent the dreaming of the people which the Wandjina has given. The Ungud is given before birth to the father or the grandfather of a child, through dreams, or it may come as a living animal. This is considered as a gift from the Wandjina to the parent, the animal becomes a gift to the unborn child which the child belongs to. Now when the child dies it goes back to being that animal. Today each and every individual has their own animal that belongs to them.