Daniel Walbidi

1982 - Winpa 2011
  • acrylic on canvas
120 cm x 160 cm

The artist has depicted Winpa, a significant and sacred rainmaking jila (living water) in Yulparija country. Winpa was a rainmaker who travelled all around the country. When he was old and tired, he turned himself into a watersnake and came to rest here. Winpa was an important meeting place for many of the language groups living in the Great Sandy Desert, until they were forced to leave in the 1960s and 1970s due to drought.

Source: C Rayne, Short St Gallery, 2011

© Daniel Walbidi


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