Helen Nampijinpa Robertson
Skin name : Nampijinpa
Title : Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru
The site depicted in these paintings is Puyurri, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are water soakages or naturally occuring wells. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled across teh country with the lighting striking the land. This storm met up with another storm from Wapurtali, to the west, was picked up by a 'kirrkarlan' (brown face falcon - Falco Berigora - and carried further zest until it dropped the storm at Purlungyanu, where it created a giant soakage.
At Puyurru the bird dug a giant snake, 'warnayarra' (the rainbow serpent) and the snake carried water to create the large lake, Jillyumpa, close to an outstation in this country. This story belongs to Jangala men and Nangala women.
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa associated sites and other elements. In many paintings of this Jukurrpa curved and straight lines represent the 'ngawarra' (flood waters) runnign through the landscape. Motifs frequently used to depict this story include small circles representing 'mulju' (water soakages) and short bars depicting 'mangkurdu' (cumulus and stratocumulus clouds).
Title: Ngapa Jukurrpa - Puyurru, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
Size: 42x30 in
Price available upon request