Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) 2
Artist: Julie Nangala Robertson
About this artwork
The site depicted in this artwork is Pirlinyarnu (Mt Farewell), about 165km west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. The ‘kirda’ (owners) for the water Dreaming site at Pirlinyarnu are the Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men.
Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm that collided with another storm from Wapurtali at Mirawarri. A ‘kirrkarlanji’ (brown falcon Falco berigora) carried the storm further west from Mirawarri. The two storms travelled across the country from Karlipirnpa, a ceremonial site for the water Dreaming near Kintore that is owned by Jampijinpa men. The storm eventually became too heavy for the falcon. It dropped the water at Pirlinyarnu, where it formed an enormous ‘maluri’ (claypan). A ‘mulju’ (soakage) exists in this place today. Whenever it rains today, hundreds of ‘ngapangarlpa’ (bush ducks) still flcok to Pirlinyarnu.
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the ‘Jukurrpa’ (Dreaming), associated sites, and other elements. In many paintings of this Dreaming, short dashes are often used to represent ‘mangkurdu’ (cumulus and stratocumulus clouds), and longer, flowing lines represent ‘ngawarra’ (flood waters). Small circles are used to deptict ‘mulju’ (soakages) and river beds.
Original Indigenous artwork on Canvas by Julie Nangala Robertson
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