Angelina Nampijinpa Tasman - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu

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Angelina Nampijinpa Tasman - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu


 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

subsecƟons. Along the way the storms passed through

JunƟparnta, 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.



Size 107 x 76 cm