Natural World

"Jurra Julam"

Traditionally, the Ngadjonji believed that when they died the spirit elders took their spirits to Mt. Bartle Frere (Jurra Julam) where their spirits were reborn as their animal totems.

This painting tells the story of what happens to the Ngadjonji when they die. Their spirits are taken to Jurra Julam where they become the teachers and guides of the living people in the form of the turtle (bangarru), platypus (gugula), goanna (bajiri) and python (gundaya).
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