Title: Coi Coi and Wandjinas
Artist: Gordon Barunga
Language Group: Worora
Dimensions: 142cm x 220cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
The words Coi COi are Worora for saltwater crocodile. In this painting the artist has demonstrated the relationship between the Wandiina and the atists Ungud spirit, in this case the saltwatet crocodile. The Wandjina spirits are highly respected by the people of Mowanjum.The
Wandjinas brought the law, culture and language. The people of Mowanjum believe that the iirst Wandiina was called ldiair. Idjair lives in the Milky Way and is the father of all Wandjinas. The Wandjina Wallungunder was Idjair's first son; he created the Earth and all life upon it. After he created the first human beings, the Gyorn Gyorn people, Wallungunder tavelled back to Idjair to bring back more Wandjinas to give the Gyorn Gyorn people laws to live by. Wallungunder also created Ungud spirits. Ungud spirits often appear in Mowanjum artists paintings. Every person at Mowanjum has an Ungud or Totem. The Ungud is given before birth by the father or the grandfather through dreams, and represents a living animal. The most powerful Unguds are two snakes which are deep inside Mother Earth. Along with the Wandjinas these two Ungud snakes help deliver the animal baby spirits to all unborn children. Today each and every individual has its own animal that belongs to them. The three Wandjinas which represent the three language groups of Mowanjum are Namarali for the Worora people, Wodjin or Wanalirri for the Ngarinyin people, and Rimijmarra for the Wunambul people. Each family group at Mowanjum has a Wandjina which guides them through their lives. The Wandjinas are most active as cloud spirits during the monsoon period, bringing rain
to the entire Kimberley region.
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