Wulpayi Jukurrpa (River Dreaming)

This Wulpayi Jukurrpa (Kakutu river Dreaming) comes from country north of Yuendumu near Willowra community. While the Kakutu river only flows from time to time after good rains, the beds and banks of the river are an important resource for the people of the area. Many ‘mulju’ (soakages) are found along the sandy river bed and water is sourced from these by digging down to the water-table. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. In paintings of this Jukurrpa the flowing river can be represented by strait or sinuous lines and several important ‘mulju’, including Wakatinyi, Yarruku and Wurlpatiparnta are often shown.