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Peggy Brown Nampitjinpa

Warlukurlangu Tjukurrpa (Fire Country Dreaming) #471

Acrylic on canvas
76 x 76 cm
(29.9 x 29.9 in)



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This dreaming belongs to the Warlukurlangu Country to the south-west of Yuendumu, for which Tjampitjinpa/Tjangala and Nampitjinpa/Nangala women have custodial responsibility. an old man ‘Lungkarda’ (centrailian blue-tongued lizard [Tiliqua multifasciata]) of the Tjampitjinpa skin group, lived on a hill with his two Tjangala sons. The old man would feign blindness and send the two boys hunting in search of meat. While they were gone he would hunt and eat anything that he caught before they returned. One day the sons returned with a kangaroo that they had caught after much tracking. Unfortunately the kangaroo was sacred to the ‘Lungkarda’, the boys were unaware of this. In his anger the old man decided to punish the boys and the next time they went out, he put his fire stick to the ground and sent a huge bush fire after them which chased them for many miles, at times propellinng them through the air. Although the boys beat out the flames, ‘Lungkarda’s’ special magic kept the fire alive and it re-appeared out of his blue-tongued lizard hole. Exhausted the boys were finally overcome by the flames. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent this Tjukurrpa (Dreaming), particular sites and other elements. Usually sites that are depicted in paintings of this Tjukurrpa include Warlukurlangu (a men’s cave). Kirrkirrmanu (where the sacred kangaroo was killed), Wayililinypa (where the fire killed the two Tjangala sons) and Marnimarnu (a water soakage) where the two Tjangala’s camped. 



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