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Ngapa Jukurrpa – Water Dreaming – Pirilinyarnu


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The site depicted in this painting is Pirlinyarnu (Mt.
Farewell), about 165 km west of Yuendumu in the Northern
Territory. The ‘kirda’ (owners) for the water Dreaming site
at Pirlinyarnu are 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 members of the
Napaljarri/Japaljarri and Napanangka/Japanangka
subsections. Along the way the storms passed through
Junparnta, a site 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 flock 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 & stratocumulus clouds), and longer,
flowing lines represent ‘ngawarra’ (flood waters). Small
circles are used to depict ‘mulju’ (soakages) and river beds.

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 65 × 9 × 9 cm

Kenneth Jungarrayi Martin


Central Desert


Acrylics on Unstretched Canvas