Wandjina, Spirits & Bush Tools


by Veronica Djanghara
Ochre Pigment on paper, 19 x 28cm 


The Wandjina are ancestral spirits who created country, people and animals in the North West Kimberly before turning themselves into rock paintings. They are sometimes called “lightning man” or “rain maker” and every year they replenish water holes, creeks and rivers through making the wet season. The Wandjina can be vengeful if people break the law, by making savage storms and cyclones. In the painting there are boomerangs, sheilds, spears the woomera and bush baskets that our old people used.