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  • Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm

Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja, Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming), 91x91cm

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  • Artist - Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 2781/16ny
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen 
  • Size(cm) - H91 W91 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping

The Jajutuma Jukurrpa is related to a site near to Wapurtali (Mt. Singleton) to the west of Yuendumu. ‘Jajutuma’ (caterpillar) are found in ‘warrilyi’ trees (Blue Mallee). Paintings of the travels and actions of Jajutuma in the Wapurtali area often show the huge battle that the ‘jajutuma’ and ‘yarla’ (bush potato) ancestors fought at Yumurrpa. In traditional Warlpiri paintings symbols are used to depict specific sites, events, entities and the travels of heroic ancestral beings. In the paintings of this Dreaming long straight lines and continuous wavy lines often are used to depict the paths taken by the ‘jajutuma’ ancestors as they travelled from Wapurtali to Nyurdiparu. This story belongs to women of the Nakamarra/Napurrurla subsections, and to their calssificatory brothers: the Jakamarra/Japurrurla men.

All my paintings go to tourists because I just want to share my paintings with everybody, across cultures and to share my stories... to know the meaning of my stories. I love to sell my paintings so that they know who I am and to learn my culture handed down to me by my grandfathers.

Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja was born in 1963 in Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community 131 km southwest of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She is the daughter of Ambrose Katakarinja and Yvonne Williams. She comes from an extended family of artists including her Great Grandfather Albert Namatjia, known for his western-style watercolours of his land and her Great Grandfather, Munmaringya, one of the Browns from Yuendumu. Her brother Johanne Katakarinja is also a noted artist painting in the style of the Hermannsburg School. Elizabeth is multilingual, speaking Warlpiri, Waramunga, Western Arrente, and English. Elizabeth went to Hermannsburg Primary School, then Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Alice Springs. When she finished schooling she returned home to Hermannsburg and worked at the Childcare Centre in the morning and the Women’s Centre in the afternoon making art and crafts, including screen printing on fabric, particularly silk. Elizabeth is very proactive and was behind the submission responsible for getting a Multipurpose Centre for the community. In 1995, while still working part time at the Childcare Centre she decided to enrol in Early Childhood studies at Batchelor College, Darwin. Graduating in 1997. It was here she met Simon Japangardi Fisher, who was also studying at Batchelor. In 1999 Elizabeth married Simon and moved to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290km north-west of Alice Springs. When she first arrived at Yuendumu she worked for the Social Club, the Old People’s Program and the Mount Theo Program as assistant Administrator. She now works as an Editor for PAW Media and Communications. Elizabeth has three children from previous relationships and one son with Simon.

Elizabeth has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2007. She is connected to Yuendumu through one of her Great Grandfathers. She paints on her days off and after work. She paints each of her Grandfather’s Jukurrpa, depicting a wide range of places. She particularly likes to paint Jajutuma Jukurrpa (Caterpillar Dreaming) , as it is about the MacDonald Ranges represented by two caterpillars, one coming from the south, her mother’s side and one from the west her Grandfather’s side.

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