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  • Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm
  • Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm
  • Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm
  • Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 4
  • Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5
Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm
Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm
Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm
Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 4
Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5

Ivy Napangardi Poulson, Pikilyi Jukurrpa, 30x30cm

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  • Artist - Ivy Napangardi Poulson
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 3361/13
  • Materials - Acrylic on pre-stretched canvas  
  • Size(cm) - H30 W30 D3.5  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted stretched and ready to hang

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 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 religious law. Women of the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection sat by the two serpents, picking lice off them. For this service, 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 Dreamings belongs to the women and men of the Japanangka/Napanangka and Japangardi/Napangardi skin groups.

Ivy Napangardi Poulson was born in 1959 and has lived her whole life in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal settlement located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. When she was young her parents would take her out bush, around Nyirripi and Yuendumu, showing her sites and teaching her the traditional ways of her country. She was married for many years to Darby Jampijinpa Ross, one of the founding artists of Warlurkurlangu Artists Art Corporration, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu. Ivy has been painting with the art centre since 1989, as well as helping Darby with his work. She has one son who lives in Darwin. She occasionally works at the art centre helping to mix paint and stretch canvas. Ivy paints Jukurrpa, creation stories that were passed down to her by her mother and father and their parents before them for millennia. These stories relate closely to Ivy's traditional country, its features and animals.