• Artwork:Emu Dance
  • Artist:Ormay Nangala Gallagher
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Emu Danceby Ormay Nangala Gallagher

The original artwork on this print is titled Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dance Dreaming) and depicts the Dreamtime story of a rock pool in the desert where Yankirri came to find water. In Warlpiri art, emus are represented by their footprints. There is also a dance for their story which is performed during Warlpiri ceremonies.

  • Artist:Ormay Nangala Gallagher
  • Title:Emu Dance
  • ID:MFAS010017
  • Medium:Print on Silk
  • Size:110 x 200 cm
  • Region:Yuendumu, Central Australia


Ormay Nangala Gallagher comes from Yuendumu Community, approximately 300km from Alice Springs in Central Australia. Ormay is a Warlpiri artist who completed her teachers training and worked at the Nyirripi School.

She began painting in the 1980’s and continues to paint today for Warlukurlangu Artists at Yuendumu. She typically paints her father’s Dreaming Emu and Ngapa featured at Mikanji as well as Pama-Pardu at Waylka and Wantungurru.

In 2008 Ormay travelled with Warlukurlangu Artists to Bahrain and in 2009 to Delhi, India. Her paintings have been featured in a number of group exhibitions.

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