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

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Pikilyi Tjukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming)

Mary Napangardi Butcher
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 12 in Width: 12 in
Abstract piece, tan, blue and yellow. There are bands extending from each corner, blue bordering yellow. The upper right and lower left have two bands each. The upper left and lower right have three bands each with the third touching in the center of the painting.
Historical Context:
Pikilyi is a large and important waterhole and natural spring near Mount Doreen station. Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming) tells of the home of two rainbow serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as man and wife. The woman rainbow serpent was of the Napanangka skin group, the man was a Japangardi. This was a taboo relationship contrary to Warlpiri religious law. Women of the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection sat by the two serpents who allowed the women to take water from the springs at Pikilyi. This was because the serpents were the 'kirda' (ceremonial owners) for that country. The spirits of these two rainbow serpents are still at Pikilyi today. This Dreamings belongs to the women and men of the Japanangka/Napanangka and Japangardi/Napangardi skin groups.