Renelle Napanangka McCormick - Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming)

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Renelle Napanangka McCormick - Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming)

$120.00

Pikilyi is a large and important waterhole and natural

spring near Mount Doreen station. Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan

Springs Dreaming) tells of the home of two rainbow

serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as man and

wife. The woman ‘rainbow serpent’ was of the Napanangka

skin group, the man was a Japangardi. This was a taboo

relationship contrary to Warlpiri religious law. Women of

the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection sat by the two

serpents, picking lice off them. For this service, the two

serpents allowed the women to take water from the springs

at Pikilyi. This was because the serpents were the ‘kirda’, or

ceremonial owners, for that country. The spirits of these

two rainbow serpents are still at Pikilyi today. This

Dreamings belongs to the women and men of the

Japanangka/Napanangka and Japangardi/Napangardi skin

groups.

 

Size 30 x 30 cm