Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) – Wapurtali

This Ngapa Jukurrpa (water Dreaming) comes from Wapurtali (Mt. Singleton) west of Yuendumu. The custodians of this Jukurrpa are women and men of the Nakamarra/Napurrula and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla subsection. A ‘marlu’ (kangaroo) was cooked at a place called Jalkirri. The smoke from the fire formed ‘milpirri’ (cumulonimbus clouds) and it began to rain. A giant storm formed and travelled from the south over Mikanji where it rained so hard it created a hole in the ground which became a soakage. At Mirrawarri a bird picked up the storm and carried it on its wings to the west until it became too heavy for it and it had to drop it on the ground. In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. Short dashes are often used to represent Mungkurdu (cumulus & stratocumulus clouds), and longer, flowing lines represent ‘ngawarra’ (flooded waters). Small circles are used to depict ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and river beds.