Veronah Nungarrayi Jurrah - Nguru Nyirrpi-wana (Country around Nyirrpi) 46x46cm
Veronah Nungarrayi Jurrah - Nguru Nyirrpi-wana (Country around Nyirrpi
Artwork Name: Nguru Nyirrpi-wana (Country around Nyirrpi)
Artist: Veronah Nungarrayi Jurrah
Size: 46cm x 46cm loose canvas
Item Code: 10163
Art StoryThis painting depicts the natural landscape around Nyirrpi a small Warlpiri community (originally an outstation) about 160km west of Yuendumu. About 200 people live in Nyirrpi today. The bush around Nyirrpi features plenty of ‘watiya’ (trees), ‘marna (grass), ‘kuyu’ (animals) to hunt, ‘miyi’ (edible plants) to gather.
There are a number of beautiful natural features close to Nyirrpi, including sandhills, soakage’s and Karrku (Mt. Stanley), a large flat-topped hill that is an important source of red ochre used during ceremonies. There are also a number of small outstations around Nyirrpr. These include Wayililinpa Yinjirimardi, Karrinyarra (Mt. Wedge), Nginyirripalangu and many more.
Many sites around Nyirrpi are associated with different ‘Jukurrpa” (dreamings). These sites include Karrku, which is associated with a ‘karnta Jukurrpa’ (women’s dreaming) and a ‘ngalyipi Jukurrpa’ (snake vine). In the Jukurrpa, tywo women of the Napaljarri skin subsection threw a hairstring rope around the Karrku and tried to pull it down.
Other Jukurrpa around Nyirrpo include the ‘warna Jukurrpa’ (snake dreaming) that travels north from Kunajarrayi (Mt Nicker), the ‘maliki Jukurrpa’ (dog dreaming) associated with Winijardu, a hill, and the ‘marlu Jukurrpa’ (Kangaroo Dreaming) that travels from north to south past Nyirrpi. There is also a ‘Pamapardu Jurkurrpa’ (termite dreaming) and ‘mukaki Jukurrpa’ (bush plum dreaming) associated with Warntungurru,a hill close to Nyirrpi. This ‘pamapardu Jukurrpa’ (termite dreaming) travels from Wapurtali (Mt. Singleton) in the west to Warntungurru.
The Jukurrpa sites around Nyirrpi are all owned and cared for by different skin subsections. Some people are ‘kird’ (owners of the Jukurrpa, and others are ‘kurdungurlu’ (custodians).
In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography can be used to discuribe other elements. Paintings of Jukurrpa around Nyirrpi can include wavy lines that are used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine), dashed lines used to represent the ‘pamapardu’ (termites), and concentric circles used to represent waterholes or ‘mingkirri’ (termites mounds).