Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson- Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru
The site depicted in this painƟng is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are water soakages or naturally occurring wells. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled across the country, with the lightning striking the land. This storm met up with another storm from Wapurtali, to the west, was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlan’ (brown falcon [Falco berigora]) and carried further west unƟl it dropped the storm at Purlungyanu, 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 outstaƟon in this country. This story belongs to Jangala men and Nangala women. In contemporary Warlpiri painƟngs tradiƟonal iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. In many painƟngs of this Jukurrpa curved and straight lines represent the ‘ngawarra’ (flood waters) running through the landscape. MoƟfs frequently used to depict this story include small circles represenƟng ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and short bars depicƟng ‘mangkurdu’ (cumulus & stratocumulus clouds).
107 x 46 cm