Wandjina, Gyorn Gyorns & Unguds

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. 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. When the child dies it goes back to being that animal. Today each and every individual has their own animal that belongs to them.

"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 among our tribes."

Courtesy of Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre

Year
2010
Medium
Acrylic on canvas
Measurement
605mm x 605mm
Copyright Line
Copyright Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre