Lola Nampijinpa Brown - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Mikanji
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The country associated with this Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) is Mikanji, a watercourse west of Yuendumu that is usually dry. In this creek bed there are ‘mulju’ (soakages). The custodians of this Jukurrpa are men of the Jangala/Jampijinpa skin groups, and women of the Nangala/Nampijinpa skin groups.
The Dreaming traveled from Puyurru, northwest of Yuendumu to a ‘mulju’ in the Mikanji creek. Two old blind women of the Nampijinpa skin group were sitting by soakages. A rain ancestor travelled from Puyurru to Mikanji, unleashing a huge storm. As the two women strained their eyes to see the sky, tears formed in their eyes, creating the rain.
Their spirits can still be seen at Mikanji in two ‘ngapiri’ (river red gums) growing near the soakage. Motifs frequently used to depict this story include concentric circles representing ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and short bars depicting ‘mangkurdu’ clouds.