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Priscilla Napurrurla Herbert / Star Dreaming (612-21ny)

SKU: 612-21ny

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

$170.00

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

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Artist Profile

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

Priscilla Napurrurla Herbert was born in 1977 in Alice Springs. She attended Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Alice Springs. As a child, she lived in Areyonga, west of Alice Springs with her mother. Her parents were separated when she was very young.

After leaving school Priscilla worked for some time at Uluru. She met Lewis Moneymoon at Uluru and married him shortly after in Alice Springs. They live in Nyirripi and have one daughter born in 2007.

Priscilla has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 2010. Her country is Tanami Downs, until recently Mongrel Downs Station, located about 700km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT. It was on Mongrel Downs that her Grandparents died and it is her father’s country and her father’s brother’s, “Uncle Ronnie Lawson’s”, country. Ronnie Lawson was the main spokesperson for the claimant group claiming traditional aboriginal ownership of Tanami Downs.

Priscilla paints her father’s Jukurrpa, (Dreaming), stories that relate directly to her land, its features and animals.

When Priscilla is not painting she likes to visit her Mother in Areyonga and her Aunty Jennifer and Uncle Colin in Alice Springs.

 

Artwork Description

The country in this painting is Yanjirlpiri, a small hill to the west of Yuendumu. Yanjirlpiri has a number of water soakages, including Pulpa and Lungkukurra, and ‘rockholes, including Walka, Ngarnamirdi, Jangarnka, and Warnapirri. The name ‘yanjirlpiri’ means ‘star’ in Warlpiri.

The importance of this place cannot be overemphasized, as young boys are brought here to be initiated from as far away as Pitjantjatjara country to the south and from Lajamanu to the north. This Dreaming site is part of a set of major Dreaming tracks that begin in the north at Kurlungalinpa and travel southward through Purrpalala, Ngarlpiyi (a soakage), Pangka (a soakage), Rlipinpa (a soakage), Purlkurru (a soakage), Warnirripatu (rockholes), Yirrinpi (a soakage), Manjankurrku (a soakage), and Kunajarrayi to Yanjirlpiri. The Dreamings then move further west to Lappi Lappi and Yininti-walku-walku, near Lake Mackay by the West Australian border. These Dreamings include Womens’ Dreaming, Snakevine Dreaming, Ceremonial Pole Dreaming and Two Men Dreaming). Yanjirlpiri is also important due to its association with a major Brush-Tailed Possum Dreaming. Much of the ceremonial knowledge surrounding Yanjirlpiri is protected.

This painting tells of the journey of Japaljarri and Jungarrayi men who travelled from Kurlungalinpa (near Lajamanu) to Yanjirlpiri, and then on to Lake Mackay on the West Australian border. Along the way they performed ‘kurdiji’ (initiation ceremonies) for young men. Napaljarri and Nungarrayi women also danced for the ‘kurdiji.’ In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Dreaming, particular sites and other elements. During the performance of this ceremony the men wear ‘jinjirla’ (white feather headdresses) on either side of their heads. They also wear wooden carvings of stars which are also laid out on the ground as part of the sand paintings produced for business. ‘Ngalyipi’ (snake vine), is often depicted as long curved lines and is used to tie ‘witi’ (ceremonial spears) vertically to the shins of the dancing initiates. These ‘witi’ are typically shown as long straight lines and the ‘yanjirlpiri’ (stars) are usually depicted as white circles or roundels

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