Wakulyarri Jukurrpa (Black-footed Rock Wallaby Dreaming)

This painting of the Wakulyarri Jukurrpa (black-footed rock wallaby [Petrogale lateralis] Dreaming) shows part of a long Jukurrpa story which travels from Yarungkanyi to Kunajarrayi. Yarungkanyi lies to the west of Yuendumu near Old Mt Doreen station. At Yarungkanyi there is a large cave which provided shelter for a number of ‘wakulyarri’ ancestral heroes who travelled throughout the country. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. It is believed that the most important ‘wakulyarri’ is the one which travels to Kunajarrayi and its journey is shown in two different forms. When travelling above ground his tracks often are shown as lines between sites. When travelling below ground, usually no tracks are shown and the path may be indicated by a straight line. Jungarrayi/Japaljarri men and Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women are the ‘kirda’ (custodians) for the Wakulyarri Jukurrpa.