Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation

Wardapi Jukurrpa (Goanna Dreaming) - Maryanne Nungarrayi Spencer

$145

This Wardapi Jukurrpa (goanna dreaming) comes from Yarripilangku, south-west of Yuendumu. It tells the story of a group of Karnta (Warlpiri women) that were sitting down in a circle. A man from Mt. Theo, of the Japangardi skin group named Wamaru, came up to the women. He wanted to take a girl of the wrong skin, a Nungarrayi. He took the Nungarrayi woman, named Yurlkurinyi, and went up the hill where they made love. Then the earth turned to Ngunjungunju (yellow and white ochre) and the man turned himself and all the 'karnta' (women) into 'wardapi' (goannas). The ochre is still found on top of the hill and is used today for love magic and for ceremonial decoration.

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: Wardapi Jukurrpa (Goanna Dreaming)
Artist: Maryanne Nungarrayi Spencer
Dimensions: 30 x 30cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Catalogue Number: 1958/20

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