Pikilyi Jukurrpaby Wilma Napangardi Poulson
Pikilyi is a large and important waterhole and natural spring near Mount Dorreen station. Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Spring Dreaming) tells of the home of two rainbow serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as man and wife. The women 'rainbow serpent' was of the Napanangka skin group, the man a Japangardi. This was a taboo relationship contrary to Aboriginal Warlpiri religious law. Women of the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection sat by the two serpents, picking lice off them. For this service , the two serpents allowed the women to take water from the springs at Pikilyi. This was because the serpents were the 'Kirda' or ceremonial owners, for that country. The spirits of these two rainbow serpents are still at Pikilyi today. This Dreaming's belongs to the women and men of the Japanangka/ Napanangka and Japangardi/Napangardi skin groups.
Wilma Napangardi Poulson was born in 1970 and comes from Yuendumu Community, approximately 300km from Alice Springs in Central Australia. Her sister, Ivy Napangardi Poulson is also an artist. Wilma has been painting for a number of years and regularly paints for Warlukurlangu Artists in Yuendumu. In 2016 Central Art began featuring Wilma's small artworks.
Wilma paints several Dreamings including Bush Banana and Snake Vine. These Dreamings have been passed down through her paternal family for many generations. This particularly Dreamings relate to the land in and around Yuendumu and the plants and animals found there.
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