Lola Nampitjinpa Brown - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Mikanji

Lola Nampitjinpa Brown - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Mikanji
Lola Nampitjinpa Brown - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Mikanji

Lola Nampitjinpa Brown - Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Mikanji

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Artiste : Lola Nampitjinpa Brown

Titre de l'œuvre : Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Mikanji

Format : 122 x 61 cm

Provenance et certificat : centre d'art de Yuendumu

Référence de la peinture : 1845/17

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Explications sur l'œuvre :

The country associated with this 'ngapa Jukurrpa' (water Dreaming) is Mikanji, a watercourse west of Yuendumu that is usually dry. There are 'mulju' {soakages) in this creek bed. The 'kirda' (owners) of this Dreaming site are Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men. Mikanji is an important water Dreaming site, and features in at least three different water Dreaming tracks.
In one story, the water Dreaming travelled from Puyurru, northwest of Yuendumu, to a 'mulju' (soakage) in the Mikanji creek. It unleashed a huge storm there. Two old
blind women of the Nampijinpa skin group were sitting by the side of the soakages. 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 the form of two 'ngapiri' (river red gums) growing near the soakage.


A second water Dreaming track that passes through Mikanji is also owned by the Nangala/Jangala and  Nampijinpa/Jampijinpa subsections, and travels further west. At M ikanji, the storm rained so hard it created a hole in the ground which became a soakage. At Mirawarri a 'kirrkarlanji' (brown falcon [Falco berigora]) picked up the storm and carried it on its wings to the west until it became too heavy for it. The falcon eventually dropped the storm at Pirlinyarnu (Mt. Farewell) about 165 km west of Yuendumu, where it formed an enormous 'maluri' (claypan). A 'mulju' (soakage} exists in this place today.

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