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  • Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm
  • Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm
  • Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm
  • Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm
  • Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm
Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm
Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm
Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm
Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm
Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm

Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 107x61cm

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  • Artist - Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 4943/15
  • Materials - Acrylic on canvas  
  • Size(cm) - H61 W107 D2
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping

The site depicted in this painting is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are ‘mulju’ (soakages), or naturally occurring wells. The 'kirda' (owners) for this site are Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. The storm travelled across the country from the east to the west, initially travelling with a ‘pamapardu Jukurrpa’ (termite Dreaming) from Warntungurru to Warlura, a waterhole 8 miles east of Yuendumu. At Warlura, a gecko called Yumariyumari blew the storm on to Lapurrukurra and Wilpiri. Bolts of lightning shot out at Wirnpa (also called Mardinymardinypa) and at Kanaralji. At this point the Dreaming track also includes the ‘kurdukurdu mangkurdu Jukurrpa’ (children of the clouds Dreaming). The water Dreaming built hills at Ngamangama using baby clouds and also stuck long pointy clouds into the ground at Jukajuka, where they can still be seen today as rock formations.

The termite Dreaming eventually continued west to Nyirripi, a community approximately 160 km west of Yuendumu. The water Dreaming then travelled from the south over Mikanji, a watercourse with soakages northwest of Yuendumu. At Mikanji, the storm was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlanji’ (brown falcon [Falco berigora]) and taken farther north. At Puyurru, the falcon dug up a giant ‘warnayarra’ (rainbow serpent). The serpent carried water with it to create another large lake, Jillyiumpa, close to an outstation in this country. The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this story are Jangala men and Nangala women. After stopping at Puyurru, the water Dreaming travelled on through other locations including Yalyarilalku, Mikilyparnta, Katalpi, Lungkardajarra, Jirawarnpa, Kamira, Yurrunjuku, and Jikaya before moving on into Gurindji country to the north.

In contemporary Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the ‘Jukurrpa’ (Dreaming). Short dashes are often used to represent ‘mangkurdu’ (cumulus & stratocumulus clouds), and longer, flowing lines represent ‘ngawarra’ (flood waters). Small circles are used to depict ‘mulju’ (soakages) and river bed.

Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson has lived most of her life in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal settlement located 290 kms northwest of Alice Springs in the northern Territory of Australia. She attended the local school and then attended Batchelor College, Darwin where she received a Diploma in teaching as an Assistant Teacher. She has worked on and off over the years at Yuendumu School. She is married and has five children and many grandchildren. Felicity is the daughter of renowned artist Shorty Jangala Robertson who has been working with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 1988. In 2007 Felicity went to Melbourne where she represented her father’s painting.

Felicity has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists since 2002 and has exhibited her art work in Group Exhibitions since 2005. Felicity paints at the art centre and at home. At home, she likes to tell her grandchildren her Dreaming while she paints. She paints her Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) and Watiyawarnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming) stories, stories passed down to her from her father and his father’s father before him. These stories are creation stories that relate to Felicity's family's traditional country, traditions that stretch back at least fifty millennia.

Felicity likes to paint, “it makes me comfortable painting all the different Ngapa and Watiyawarnu designs”.