Jajutuma Jukurrpa

Caterpillar Dreaming

The Jajutuma Jukurrpa or Caterpillar Dreaming relates to a site near to Wapurtali (Mt. Singleton) to the west of Yuendumu. The Jajutuma are found in Warrilyi trees. Paintings of this Dreaming depict the travels and actions of the Jajutuma in the Wapurtali area where a great battle occured between the Jajutuma and Yarla ancestors at Yumurrpa

In traditional Warlpiri paintings symbols are used to depict specific sites, events, entities and the travels of heroic ancestral beings. Paintings depicting this Dreaming will often have long straight lines and continuous wavy lines to depict the paths taken by the Jajutuma ancestors as they travelled from Wapurtali to Nyurdiparu.

This Dreaming story belongs to the women of the Nakamarra and Napurrurla skin groups and the Jakamarra and Japurrurla men.

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