Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Nguru Yurntumu-wana (Country around Yuendumu) - Cecilia Napurrurla Wilson

$50

This painting depicts the natural landscape around Yuendumu. The bush around Yuendumu features plenty of 'watiya' (trees), 'mama' {grass), 'kuyu' (animals) to hunt, and 'miyi' (edible plants) to gather. There are a number of beautiful natural features close to Yuendumu, including rocky hills, creeks, soakages, and waterholes. There are also a number of small outstations around Yuendumu. These include Yuwali (Bean Tree), Wakurlpa, Purturlu (Mt. Theo),Jirla (Chilla Well), Yarripirlangu, Wayililinpa, and many more.

There are many sites around Yuendumu that are associated with different 'Jukurrpa' (Dreamings). These sites include a major 'yunkaranyi Jukurrpa' (honey ant Dreaming), which travels from the west to the east. Yuendumu is sometimes also called 'yurrampi' (honey ant) for this reason.

 

All the sites around Yuendumu are owned and cared for by different skin subsections and are associated with different Jukurrpa. Some people are 'kirda' (owners) of the Jukurrpa, and others are 'kurdungurlu' (custodians).

In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography can be used to represent the landscape around the area, the Jukurrpa, and other elements. Paintings of Jukurrpa around Yuendumu can include emu tracks, possum tracks, or eagle tracks. Wavy lines are frequently used to represent water or fire, and concentric circles can represent waterholes or camps.

Title: Nguru Yurntumu-wana (Country around Yuendumu)
Artist: Graeson Jupurrurla Nelio
Dimensions: 13 x 13cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Catalogue Number: 809m/20 Show

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