Warlu Jukurrpa (Fire dreaming)

This painting shows the traditional practices associated with burning off areas of spinifex country. The fires are lit so that Liwirringki (burrowing skinks) and other lizards and small mammals are flushed out of their burrows and hiding places. This allows them to be more easily caught for food and also allows for re-growth of a diversity of plants, which in turn attracts a broader range of animal food species. Also shown is a scene from a ceremony in which the various groups involved are shown in their respective places according to correct ceremonial protocols. The Kirda (custodians of the Warlu Jukurrpa) are Japaljarri and Jungarrayi men and the Kurdungurlu (ceremonial managers) are Jampijinpa and Jupurrurla. The circular motifs represent water soakages and rock holes, the curvy lines represent Warlu (fire) and flames spreading out in the area.