Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Warna Jukurrpa (Snake Dreaming) - Natasha Nakamarra Oldfield

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The place depicted in this painting, Ngama, is located south of Vuendumu in the Northern Territory. This Dreaming belongs to Nakamarra/Napurrurla women and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men. This story describes the journey of Varripiri, an ancestral 'warna' (snake). He travelled from Wirnparrku near Mt. Liebig to Vimparlu, and continued its way through the territories of Ngapanangka-ja rra, Warlajirryi, Kurnmundu, Vinyirrinyi on to Nga ma. Later Varripiri travelled further north via Mijirlparnta (Mission Creek) and right through to the top end of Australia.

Varripiri was very sad as his family had left him behind at Wirnparrku. He was blind and crippled but he was determined to follow and search them out. He had to be carried. This was the job undertaken by the 'kurdungurlu' (ceremonial police) of the Dreaming: the Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men.Where Varripiri's tail slumped and touched the ground creeks were formed, such as Mijirlparnta, west of Vuendumu. Varripiri tracks and paths are often represented by arc shapes or curved lines depicted across the canvas.

Warlukurlangu Artists is one of the longest running and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia. Warlukurlangu Artists is supported by funding from the Australian Government through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support.

Title: Warna Jukurrpa (Snake Dreaming)
Artist: Natasha Nakamarra Oldfield
Dimensions: 13 x 13cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Catalogue Number: 707m/20

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