Water Dreamingby Roxanne Napangardi
This beautiful small painting depicts the site of Puyurru, to the west of Yuendumu. It is a significant place for Roxanne, 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 Wapurtali, 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.
Roxanne Napangardi is an artist from Yuendumu Community approximately 300km from Alice Springs in Central Australia. She works closely with Warlukurlangu Artists, a local art centre located in Yuendumu. Roxanne depicts Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) in her artworks.
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