Current Location:
Section 17 (VS) -> Top Shelf (VS17)
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IDC; Vertical Storage; Section 17; Top Shelf

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Yanjirri Tjukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu

Margaret Nangala Gallagher
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 24 in Width: 12 in
An abstract painting using a beaded pattern. The paint was applied in dots giving the piece a beaded texture. There are several sections throughout the piece sporting different colors. There are three distinct images in the piece, top, middle, and bottom. The image is of a curved line going horizontally with a circle on each end in a different color for each.
Historical Context:
This particular site of the widespread Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu dreaming, Dromaius novaehollandiae) is at Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu. The Yankirri travel to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements and Emus are usually represented by their 'wirliya' (footprints), the 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 a Wardilyka (Australian Bustard, Ardeotis australis) ancestor over sharing the Yakajirri. There is also a dance for this Jukurrpa that is performed during initiation ceremonies. This Jukurrpa story belongs to Jangala/Jampijinpa men and Nangala/Nampijinpa women.