Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan, Ngalyarrpa manu Puluku Jukurrpa (Sandhill and Bullock Dreaming)


Acrylic on canvas

76x76 cm


This Dreaming is located west of Alice Springs, between Papaya and Glen Hlen Gorge. This Dreaming is from the ‘ngalyarrpa’ (sandhill) country. It tells a story from the life of Nampijnpa’s maternal grandfather, Japaljarri. Japalgarri was employed to ride alone on horseback through the sandhill country and look for ‘puluku’ (bullocks,cows) to put in yards. The job took him to many places between Nyirripi, a Warlpiri community approximately 160km west of Yuendumu, and Coniston, a cattle station east of Yuendumu. The trip also took him through Wakulpa, an outstation to the north of Yuendumu that is situated at the base of some ‘pirli’ (hills).

In Walpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. In this painting the sinuous lines from the upper right to lower left represent the ‘ngalyarrpa’ (sandhills). The sinuous lines from the upper left to lower right represent the tracks of various animals, including ‘nantuwu’ (horses) and ‘puluku’ (bullocks,cows). The dots enclosed within these lines show the cows trapped in the yards.

Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan was born in 1980 in Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She is the daughter of Pamela Nungarrayi Ryan and has one brother and four sisters. She attended the Catholic High School in Alice Springs where she completed Year 10. Corinne moved to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs, when she married Quentin Japangardi Granites. Quentin is the son of Alma Nungarrayi Granites, a successful artist.

She paints her husband’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to his land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it.  She also paints her mother’s Jukurrpa, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) which depicts a rockhole west of Alice Springs and Warna Jukurrpa, (Snake Dreaming)

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