Warlu Jukurrpa (Fire Dreaming)

Bessie Nakamarra Sims

Warlu Jukurrpa (Fire Dreaming)

$633.00
This painting shows the traditional practices associated
with burning off areas of spinifex country. The fires are lit so
that ‘liwirringki’ (burrowing skinks), other lizards and small
mammals are flushed out of their burrows and hiding
places. This allows them to be more easily caught for food
and also enables the re-growth of a diversity of plants,
which in turn attracts a broader range of animal food
species. The ‘kirda’ (custodians) of this dreaming areBlak market
Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri/Nungarrayi
women. The ‘kurdungurlu’ (ceremonial police) are the
Jampijinpa/Nampijinpa and the Jupurrurla/Napurrurla skin
groups. This Dreaming is specifically associated with
hunting ‘liwirringki’ and is celebrated with a ‘corroborree’
(sacred ceremony). This corroborree is painted on the
ground that has been burnt and cleared by the fire that was
started there. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings
traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa,
particular sites and other elements. It is usual that in
paintings of this Jukurrpa circular motifs represent water
soakages and rock holes while curvy lines are often used to
depict Warlu (fire) and flames spreading out in the area.
 
Size 91 x 46 cm Framed