Mary Napangardi Butcher - Vaughan springs dreaming
Mainie Australia - Vaughan Springs Dreaming Painting
Artwork Name: Vaughan Springs Dreaming
Artist: Mary Napangardi Butcher
Size: 30cm x 30cm pre-stretched canvas
Pikilyi is a large and important waterhole and natural spring near Mount Doreen station. Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming) tells of the home of two rainbow serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as a man and wife. The woman ‘rainbow serpent’ was of the Napanangka skin group, the man was a Japangardi. This was a taboo relationship contrary to Warlpiri regions. Women of the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection sat by 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 belongs to the women and men of the Japanangka/Napanangka and Japangardi/Napangardi skin groups.