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Lee Nangala Gallagher / Emu Dreaming

122cm x 107cm Acrylic on Linen

SKU: 54-15ny

$2,285.00

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Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance
ARTWORK DESCRIPTION
This particular site of the Emu Dreaming is at Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu. The emu travelled to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. This Dreaming (Jukurrpa) story belongs to Jangala / Jampijinpa men and Nangala / Nampijinpa women. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Dreaming, associated sites and other elements. Emus are usually represented by their footprints, arrow-like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu eating ‘yakajirri’ (bush raisin). In the time of the Dreaming there was a fight at Ngarlikiurlangu between an emu ancestor and Wardilyka (Australian bustard) ancestor over sharing the bush raisin. There is also a dance for this Dreaming that is performed during initiation ceremonies.

Men of the Jampijinpa/Jangala skin groups and women of the Nampijinpa/Nangala skin groups are the ‘kirda’ (custodians) for the Emu Yankirri Jukurrpa (emu Dreaming) at Ngarna.

Ngarna is an important men’s ceremonial place and much of the story is kept secret from the uninitiated. The tracks of the emu’s are shown in the arrow shapes. Emus survive on a diet of native vegetation found in the area, including the ‘yakajirri’ (bush currant [Solanum centrale]) and ‘mukaki’ (plumbush [Santalum lanceolatum]).

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