Valma Nakamarra White, Warna Jukurppa (Snake Dreaming)


Acrylic on Linen




The place depicted in this painting, Ngama, is located south of Yuendemu in the Northern Territory.  This Dreaming belongs to Nakamarra/Nupurrurla women and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men.  This story describes the journey of Yarripiri, an ancestral 'warna' (snake).  He travelled from Wirnparrku near Mt Liebig to Yimparlu, and continued its way through the territories of Ngapanangka-jarra, Warlajirryi, Kurnmundu, Yinyirrinyi on Ngama.  Later Yarripiri travelled further north via Mijirlparnta (Mission Creek) and right through to the top end of Australia.  Yarripiri was very sad as his family had left him behind at Wirnparrku.  He was blind and crippled but he was determined to follow and search them out.  He had to be carried.  This was the job undertaken by the 'kurdungurlu' (ceremonial police) of the Dreaming:  the Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men.  Where Yarripiri's tail slumped and touched the ground creeks were formed, such as Mijirlparnta, west of Yuendumu.  Yarripiri tracks and paths are often represented by arc shapes or curved line depicted across the canvas.

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