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Ngapa Jukurrpa-Puyurru

Water Dreaming

by Artist
Shorty Jangala Robertson

The site depicted in this painting is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu.  In the usually dry creed beds are water soakages or naturally occurring wells.  Two Jangala men, rainmakers, san the rain, unleashing a giant storm.   It travelled across the country, with the lightning striking the land. 

The storm met up with another storm front Wapurtali, to the west, was picked up by a “kirrakarlan” (brown falcon) and carried further west until it dropped the storm at Purlangyanu, where it created a giant soakage.

At Puyurru the bird dug up a giant snake “warnayarra (the rainbow serpent) and the snake carried water to create the large lake, Jillyiumpa, close to an outstation in this country.  This story belongs to Jangala men and Nangala women.

In contemporary Walpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa associated sites and other elements.  In many paintings of this Jukurrpa curved and straight lines represent the “ngawarra” (flood waters) running through the landscape.

Motifs frequently used to depict this story include small circles representing “mulju” (water soakages) and short bars depicting “mangkurdu (cumulus and stratocumulus clouds).

 




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