Aboriginal art depicting Wandjina figure that sparked aliens theory to be reclaimed by traditional owners
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Aboriginal families in Western Australia's north are finding ways to reclaim a sacred image that sparked rumours of Arab voyages and aliens during the early days of British exploration.
The large, looming Wandjina are spirit figures drawn on thousands of cliffs and cave walls in the Western Kimberley, and came to national prominence when they featured in the Sydney Olympic opening ceremony.
Worrora woman Leah Umbagai said they were considered sacred by three tribes in the area.
"The Wandjina is a supreme being that created the country, gave us the laws of the land, and we have to obey and follow it," she said.
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