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Paddy Japaljarri Stewart, Ngarlu Jukurrpa - Love Story I, Aboriginal art

Ngarlu Jukurrpa – Love Story I


Artist: Paddy Japaljarri Stewart

Region: Central Desert
Medium: Etching - Sugar lift painting, deep bite, aquatint and relief roll on two plates
Image Size: 490 mm x 325 mm
Paper Size: 760 mm x 560 mm
Edition Size: 99
Printer: Basil Hall
Studio: Basil Hall Editions Darwin, NT

SKU: PS003 Categories: , , ,
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The site of this Jukurrpa (Dreaming) is Ngarlu, a pirli (rock hill) south east of Yuendumu. It is where a Jungarrayi man fell in love with a Napangardi woman: A taboo relationship under the Warlpiri skin group system (his mother-in-law). Japaljarri and Jampijinpa men were travelling east to Kurpurrulu. A Jungarrayi man called Lintyipilinti watched a woman from where he sat whilst she was urinating. He was so impressed with what he saw that he decided to woo her. His imprint has been left in the rocks which reminds the people of his thinking. Whilst he was sitting at Yumurruluwanu he spun some wirriji (hair string) and sung a love song. He also sent a bird to the Napangardi woman with the magic to entice her. When the two met at Ngarlu they made love and as a result of the taboo relationship were turned to stone. They are seen in the rocks at Ngarlu, a long water hole with abroken bolder reminds people of this union.