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Lucky Nampijinpa Langdon / Water Dreaming

61cm x 46cm Acrylic on Canvas

 

SKU: 350-13

$410.00

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Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance

Lucky Nampijinpa Langdon was born in 1946 in the bush close to Yuendumu, an Aboriginal settlement located 290kms north-west of Alice Springs in the central desert of Australia. The settlement was in established in 1946, a Baptist mission was established there in 1947 and by 1955 many of the Warlpiri people had settled in the community. Lucky has lived there for most of her life and when she was little attended the local mission school as well as travelling around the country with her parents and learning about the sites in the traditional way.

Lucky has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists since 1987. She paints her Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings that have been passed down to her by her ancestors, stories that relate directly to her traditional country, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit the land. Like most of the local women she still enjoys travelling across her country and regularly goes out hunting and collecting traditional foods.

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.

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.

Motifs frequently used to depict this story include concentric circles representing ‘mulju'(water soakages), short bars depicting ‘mangkurdu'(clouds) and U shapes depicing the ‘kirda’ (owners) of the Dreaming.

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