Shanna Napanangka Williams - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru`

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Shanna Napanangka Williams - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru`


The site depicted in this pain􀆟ng is Puyurru, west of
Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are ‘mulju’
(soakages), or naturally occurring wells. The 'kirda' (owners)
for this site are Nangala/Nampijinpa women and
Jangala/Jampijinpa men. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang
the rain, unleashing a giant storm. The storm travelled
across the country from the east to the west, ini􀆟ally
travelling with a ‘pamapardu Jukurrpa’ (termite Dreaming)
from Warntungurru to Warlura, a waterhole 8 miles east of
Yuendumu. At Warlura, a gecko called Yumariyumari blew
the storm on to Lapurrukurra and Wilpiri. Bolts of lightning
shot out at Wirnpa (also called Mardinymardinypa) and at
Kanaralji. At this point the Dreaming track also includes the
‘kurdukurdu mangkurdu Jukurrpa’ (children of the clouds
Dreaming). The water Dreaming built hills at Ngamangama
using baby clouds and also stuck long pointy clouds into the
ground at Jukajuka, where they can s􀆟ll be seen today as
rock forma􀆟ons.

The termite Dreaming eventually con􀆟nued west to Nyirrpi,
a community approximately 160 km west of Yuendumu. The
water Dreaming then travelled from the south over Mikanji,
a watercourse with soakages northwest of Yuendumu. At
Mikanji, the storm was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlanji’ (brown
falcon [Falco berigora]) and taken farther north. At Puyurru,
the falcon dug up a giant ‘warnayarra’ (rainbow serpent).
The serpent carried water with it to create another large
lake, Jillyiumpa, close to an outsta􀆟on in this country. The
‘kirda’ (owners) of this story are Jangala men and Nangala
women. Aô€…Œer stopping at Puyurru, the water Dreaming
travelled on through other loca􀆟ons including Yalyarilalku,
Mikilyparnta, Katalpi, Lungkardajarra, Jirawarnpa, Kamira,
Yurrunjuku, and Jikaya before moving on into Gurindji
country to the north.
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditonal 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


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