Water Dreaming
Acrylic on Canvas
76 x 76 cm
Cat.No: Y061

This Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) comes from Mt. Singleton west of Yuendumu. The custodians of this Dreaming are women and men of the Nakamarra/Napurrula and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla subsection. A kangaroo was cooked at a place called Jalkirri. The smoke from the fire formed clouds and it began to rain. A giant storm formed and travelled from the south over Mikanji where it rained so hard it created a hole in the ground which became a soakage. At Mirrawarri a bird picked up the storm and carried it on its wings to the west until it became too heavy for it and it had to drop it on the ground. In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. Short dashes are often used to represent clouds and longer, flowing lines represent flooded waters. Small circles are used to depict water soakages and river beds.