Most Wandjina sites are located under rock overhangs, which have served to protect the art from moisture and wind.
The predominant rock throughout the Kimberley is the King Leopold sandstone, smooth, hard and pale, and therefore perfect for rock art.
The Aboriginal people believed that the Wandjinas were responsible for bringing the annual rains and storms to the region, and thus the people refreshed the images annually to maintain the power of the Wandjinas and ensure the return of the rains and renewal of fertility to the area.
The image of the Wandjina is reminiscent of the enormous storm-cloud formations which bring rain to the Kimberley each Wet season.
Paddy Neowarra, as senior Elder, led the group in to each site.
The approach to Donkey Creek is something I will never forget.
Because that is the only brief report that exists at the moment, I have written a brief paper in English, while the video (which is in Spanish) offers the illustrations as well as shots of the environment.
The locals at Chumbenique know about ‘their’ rock art and I hope that they will encourage locals of their village and of the valley and of course every visitor to Chumbenique to respect and protect this sacred site.
This short paper, together with a You Tube video, describes and illustrates the rock art discovered in the valley of the Río Zaña in northern Peru.
The petroglyphs were first described (in Spanish) by archaeologist Edgar Bracamonte in 2014.
We landed on the dirt runway, thankful to be in one piece, and commenced some life-changing adventures.