Gulawala (Wandjina with pearl shell necklace)

This is a Gulawala Wandjina. She is from Ngarinyin country near Isadel River (that's fresh water country) however she wears pearl shell necklaces around her neck. Petrina's mother, Edna Dale, states that the pearl shell is not from Ngarinyin country, they must have traded with Worrorra people (salt water people from the neighbouring far west coastal region). This is the Wurnan system, the law of gifts, trading and sharing resources that exists between clans.

Courtesy of Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre

..Coloured woodblock print
..270mm x 780mm
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..© Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre 2015