Margaret Nangala Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurppa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlanga
Acrylic on Linen
This particular site of the Yankirri Jukurrpa, (Emu Dreaming, Dromaius novaehollandiae) is found at Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu.
The ‘yankirri’ travelled to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. This Jukurrpa story belongs to Jangala/Jampijinpa men and Nangala/Nampijinpa women.
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. Emus are usually represented by their ‘wirliya’ (footprints), arrow-like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu eating ‘yakajirri’ (bush raisin, Solanum centrale).
In the time of the Jukurrpa there was a fight at Ngarlikiurlangu between a ‘yankirri’ ancestor and Wardilyka (Australian bustard, Ardeotis australis) ancestors over sharing the ‘yakajirri’. There is also a dance for this Jukurrpa that is performed during initiation ceremonies.