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Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm
  • Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm
  • Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm
  • Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm
  • Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm
Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm
Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm
Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm
Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm

Chriselda Nangala Egan, Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming), 76x30cm

$329.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Chriselda Nangala Egan
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Art centre catalogue number - 680/22
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H76 W30 D2 
  • Postage variants - Artwork is posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

This painting tells the story of a Jangala ‘watiya-warnu’ (Acacia tenuissima) ancestor who travelled south from a small hill called Ngurlupurranyangu to Yamunturrngu (Mount Liebig). As he travelled he picked the ‘watiya-warnu’ seeds and placed them in ‘parrajas’ (food carriers), one of which he carried on his head. Watiya-warnu is a seed bearing tree that grows in open spinifex or mulga country. When people returned to their camp after collecting the seeds they would make large windbreaks for shelter and winnow the seed in the late afternoon. Immature ‘watiya-warnu’ seed is ground into a paste and can be used to treat upset stomachs. The associated ‘watiya-warnu’ ceremony involves the preparation of a large ground painting. This Jukurrpa belongs to Nampijinpa/Nangala women and Jampijinpa/Jangala men. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. In paintings of this Dreaming ‘U’ shapes are often depicting women collecting the ‘watiya-warnu’ seeds. Oval shapes represent the ‘parrajas’ where they carry the seeds and strait lines beside them frequently portrait digging sticks.

Chriselda Nangala Egan was born in 1983 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She spent most of her childhood at Yuendumu, and attended the local school, being educated in both English and Warlpiri. Chriselda has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists since 2006, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu. She paints dreamings from Wayilinpa and Mt Theo, passed down to her from her father and mother respectively. These dreamings relate directly to the land and its features, and were passed down to her parents through an oral tradition that has lasted for tens of thousands of years.




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