Wandjina

Near Derby, Western Australia, we visited a very interesting art center at the Mowanjum Community. It was the first time I heard a hopeful story..

The People from the northern part of the Kimberleys, who are now located at Mowanjum near Derby, believe in the Wandjina Spirit. They repaint the images to ensure the continuity of the Wondjina’s presence and protection.

From their website http://www.mowanjumarts.com :

“Every race of people has a culture to follow.

If you lose your culture you are floating… lost.

The Mowanjum artists are strong and they know it is their job to pass on their knowledge to young people, to keep the spirit of the Wandjina alive.

Donny Woolagodja

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Photo taken at the Wunnumurra Gorge – Elisabeth Station

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