Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) – Pirlinyarnu

The site depicted in this painting is Pirlinyarnu (Mt. Farewell), about 165 km west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm that collided with another storm from Wapurtali. The two storms travelled across the country, from Karlipinpa near Kintore. A Kirrkarlanji (Brown Falcon, Falco berigora) and carried the storm further west until it dropped the storm at Pirlinyarnu, forming enormous Maliri (lake), depicted in this painting – a Mulju (soakage) exists in this place today. At Puyurru the bird dug up a Warnayarra (a Rainbow Serpent) and the serpent carried water with it to create another large lake. Whenever it rains today, hundreds of Ngapangarlpa (bush ducks) still flock to Pirlinyarnu.