Perentie and goanna, sometimes described interchangeably when translated into
English, have their own unique Aboriginal word depending on the tribal language.
The goanna is often depicted in paintings along with other symbolic imagery,
whether it is in the story of ‘bush tucker’, hunting, dreamtime or totemic
With some artwork and their stories, confusion seem to arise in the English
description and translation of the story behind the piece. Some art pieces may
be described in English but include the aboriginal name/words, for example
‘Echunpa—Goanna’. Echunpa is the aboriginal word for a large lizard, that refers
to the species Varanus giganteus, otherwise known as the Perentie.