Wandjinas & Ungud Snakes
"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."
Courtesy of Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre