Water Dreamingby Evelyn Nangala Robertson
This painting depicts the site of Puyurru, to the west of Yuendumu. It is a significant place for Ritchie and his family. Puyurru is usually dry creek beds which are water soakages or natural occurring wells. The Dreaming talks of two Jangala men who were rain-makers, they would sing the rain, unleashing a gaint storm. It travelled across the country with lightning striking the land. The storm met another storm from Warpurtali, to the west, where it was picked up by a "Kirrkarlan" (Brown Falcon) and carried further west until it dropped the storm at Purlungyanu. It was here that a great soakage was created. At Puyurru a bird dug up a giant snake "Warnayarra" (The Rainbown Serpent) and the snake carried water to create the large lake, Jillyiumpa, near an outstation in this country. This particular Dreaming story belongs to the Jangala men and the Nangala women.
Evelyn Nangala Robertson was born in 1986 and comes from Yuendumu Community approximately 300km from Alice Springs in Central Australia. Evelyn works closely with Warlukurlangu Artists, a local Aboriginal art centre based in Yuendumu. Evelyn depicts Ngapa Jukurrpa or Water Dreaming specifically around the site of Puyurru.
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