Archive for March 24th, 2011


I fought the law and the Law won….

March 24, 2011

Purnululu/Bungle Bungles, Kimberleys, Western Australia

Image Credit: The Artery

A few weeks ago I had this lovely dream in which ~ along with many other scenarios ~ I was in a room with lots of striped coloured rocks, which were all mine. I picked one up and was stroking it and it was so warm…..

…and they looked just like these ones.  The orange and black striped beehive domes of the Bungle Bungles.

The sandstone formation of the Bungle Bungle ranges is estimated to be 350 million years old, give or take a few millions.

Like the reefs at the Geikie and Windjana gorges the range was formed during the Devonian period. But the Bungle Bungle range isn’t part of a reef. It is the sediment of an old river bed. The sediment was laid down in layers, compressed into sandstone and eventually lifted up to form a mountain range. Read more… at Kimberley Australia Travel Guide by B.

Rainbow Serpent & Bungle Country ~ Jack Britten

Image Credit: Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art

About the Artist

Artist Name: Jack Britten
Tribe: Joolama
Area: Kimberley
Born: c.1920 – 2002

The late Jack Britten was a respected Aboriginal artist and senior law man from the Kimberley region of Northern Australia. His paintings focus on his country, it’s origins, ceremonies and ancestral figures. His canvases are the result of his vast knowledge and insight into the myths and legends of his country. Jack is a part of the original Turkey Creek artists, including Rover Thomas, Hector Chundaloo, Beerbee Mungnari and Henry Wanbims.

Yalatji (Jack’s given name at birth) was born and raised in the bush in the Tickalara area just south of Turkey Creek and west of the Bungle Bungles, and also lived at Frog Hollow. His memories include sitting with family in the hills and seeing white people for the first time and of the camel wagon trains and their Afghan drivers with supplies for the outstations.  Read more…….

Further Tracking

Aboriginal Law ~ How much do most of us really know about Aboriginal law? Sure we’ve heard about customary law and punishment, we have some notions of native title – but as to what law regulated their society and how it was passed down, well, I’m just a curious beginner. David Mowaljarlai is a senior traditional lawman of the Ngarinyin people in the West Kimberley….read more