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Wandjina[edit]

Who decided on the Wondjina spelling? All the references use Wandjina and that is in keeping with the phonetics used in spelling Australian Indijgenous languages. I have never heard of the wondjina spelling before. I beleive Wondjina should be substituted for Wandjina throughout and visa-versa.110.174.91.140 (talk) 13:22, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

If anyone is reading this page - I agree that the Wondjina spelling is very uncommon. Either Wandjina or Wanjina is more common (I think Wanjina is the current accepted spelling - it's what the people in question used in their native title claim!)203.59.32.63 (talk) 08:57, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

I just moved the article, from Wondjina to Wandjina. Wandjina seems to be the generally accepted spelling, so I hope there are no objections to the change. Kwork2 (talk) 18:58, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

Aboriginal Mythology[edit]

Saying that Wanjinas are a part of Aboriginal Mythology is like saying Odin is part of European mythology. Wanjinas are only found in the north western corner of Western Australia. Also, Mowanjum is the name of a community not a tribe or nation. The main tribal groups that follow Wanjina law are Worrorra, Wunambal, Gaambera and Ngarinyin. Mowanjum happens to be populated mostly by members of those tribes but is actually in the country of a completely different tribal/nation group that do not follow Wanjina law at all. If I had time to look up references I'd suggest a proper edit, but I just wanted to flag that parts of this article need a lot of work. 203.59.32.63 (talk) 09:06, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

Here is a academic journal cite that makes it clear which aboriginal mythology (cause there seem to be many) the Wandjinas are in.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:FrGlmRQyDHkJ:press.anu.edu.au/hrj/2009_02/mobile_devices/ch10s05.html+&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au Humanities Research Vol XV. No. 2. 2009 http://press.anu.edu.au/titles/humanities-research-journal-series/ "Wandjina are the supreme spirit ancestors of the Indigenous people of the Kimberley. They are found in painted form on the walls and ceilings of rock shelters in the clan estates of the Worora, Ngarinyin and Wunambal language groups,[15] ... traditionally part of the territory of Umiida people.[16]" (They are confined geographically to the Kimberlery area.) A functioning download link for the 3800 year BP ENSO paper (1) is http://www.kimberleyfoundation.org.au/uploads/41632/ufiles/McGowan_et_al._PAPER_IN_GRL_21.10.12.pdf If WP is aiming to provide an understanding of the current research into the history of the Wandjina paintings then the Gwion Gwion paintings probably need a mention. 203.7.99.17 (talk) 06:45, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

UFO Believers[edit]

Is it worth mentioning in the article that there is a huge number of people out there who believe the Wandjina to be ancient depictions of aliens? If you google Wondjina the top 20 sites listed all lead to UFO conspiracy theory sites. It may be worth noting. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.38.148.182 (talk) 13:22, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

Slight edit needed[edit]

Currently says;

Images of the Wandjina are displayed on the walls of the Ringwood Magistrates Court in Victoria, these are referenced as produced the National Gallery of Victoria.

I couldn’t figure out the “referenced as” bit. And needs an “in” (the gallery). MBG02 (talk) 19:58, 10 September 2018 (UTC)