Waanungga & Wandjina (Queen Bee)
Gudu Mungulu often paints Waanungga, a word that describes various forms of bush honey. The hives in which honey is stored are called ‘Sugar bag’, and can be found in trees and in termite mounds. The Wandjinas keep the countryside fresh and healthy which allows the native bees to produce high quality honey in Gudu’s homeland. Gudu’s name ‘Guduwolla’ is Ngarinyin for a particular tree which is favoured by Kimberley honey-flies. Its white pollen is conspicuous from August to September, and is the main source of bush sugar in the Kimberley.
Courtesy of Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre