Ngapa (Water Dreaming) by Janet Long Nakamarra
Title: Ngapa (Water Dreaming)
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Size: 127x112 cm
Artist: Janet Long Nakamarra
The lines depicted in this artwork represents the underground flowing water at a Warntaparri, which is a significant place for Warlpiri people in central Australia. It is at this place where ceremonies are performed. They paint their bodies with white ochre and sit singing to invoke the ancestral beings to ensure rain.
The roundels represent the soakages and as each one would dry up the Warlpiri people move on to another soakage, before digging a hole and covering it with leaves. Overnight the water would settle clear enough to drink.
Ngapa a Warlpiri word used for rain or water.
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