Current Location:
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences -> 3rd Floor (CHS)
Location Notes:
CHS; 3rd Floor; Right of S-101

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Pirlinyarnu

Katrina Nampijinpa Brown
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 12.25 in Width: 12.25 in
Abstract painting using a beaded pattern. The paint was applied in small dots to represent a beaded texture. There are tow curved vertical lines. There are several sets of lines that consist of three curved lines throughout. There are five black circles through the piece, and several spaces where the color forms sections. Colors range from, yellow, purple, blue, red, and black and gold.
Historical Context:
The site depicted in this Australian Aboriginal painting is Mt. Farewell, which is located near Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. The image tells the story of two Jangala men, rainmakers, that sang to the rain, unleashing a giant storm that collided with another storm from Wapurtali. The two storms traveled across the country, carried by a Kirrkarlanji, a type of brown falcon, until it dropped the storm at Pirlinyarnu, forming an enormous lake. A "mulju." or marsh, exists in this place today. At Puyurru, a bird dug up a 'warnayarra' or a rainbow serpent. The snake then carried water with it to create another large lake. The 'kirda' custodians of keepers of this story include the Nakamarra/Napurrurla women and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men.