Karlarnjirri Jukurrpa (Bearded Dragon dreaming)

The Karlarnjirri Jukurrpa (Bearded Dragon dreaming) depicts the travels of a Karlarnjirri ancestral being who travelled from Wapurtali (Mt. Singleton, near Yuendumu) to Lapi Lapi (Lake Mackay, near the West Australian state border) to visit a number of his brothers and to conduct important ceremonial business. In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements and in paintings depicting the Karlarnjirri Jukurrpa concentric circles and sinuous lines linking those circles are often used to show the Karlarnjirri’s tracks and the path he took across the country. Smaller circles are used to respresent the trees that the contemporary Karlarnjirri jump between as they forage and move about their territories, whereas in the time of the Jukurrpa the ancestral Karlanjirri would jump from hilltop to hilltop. The Karlarnjirri Jukurrpa belongs to men of the Jakamarra and Jupurrula kinship subsection.