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Walter Daniels Jagamara / Seven Sisters Dreaming (WJ004)

150cm x 90cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: WJ004

$2,650.00 $1,800.00

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Walter Daniels Jagamara was born on 15th November 1966 in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Walter has lived most of his life at Yuendumu and attended the local school where he learnt the stories associated with his Dreamtime. He didn’t start painting until 2018, painting the Seven Sisters Dreaming story from his father (the late Charlie Daniels).

Walter worked for many years on the Nyirripi council. He is very well educated and speaks English extremely well, often volunteering as a translator for senior family members. Walters first wife, Petra Marshall passed away and they have one daughter, Lisa Daniels Marshall. Walter’s second wife is artist, Marlene Young Nungurrayi.

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 circles or roundels

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