Yankirri Ngipiri Jukurrpa (Emu Egg Dreaming)- Rdukarri

The Yankirri Ngipiri Jukurrpa (emu egg Dreaming) is associated with the Rdukarri site south-west of Yuendumu. It is a men’s story, much of it is kept secret from the uninitiated. Rdukarri is an important ceremonial site for men of the Jampijinpa/Jangala subsection who are the ‘kirda’ (custodians) for the site and its associated Jukurrpa. Yankirri survive on a diet of native vegetation found in the area, including the ‘yakajirri’ (bush currant [Solanum centrale]) and ‘mukaki’ (plumbush [Santalum lanceolatum]). In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. This painting depicts ‘yankirri’ emerging from the cave (‘pirnki’) and laying ‘ngipiri’ (eggs) at Rdukarri where the emus were dancing. ‘Yankirri’ eggs and flesh are keenly sought after and highly valued food sources.