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  • Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
  • Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
  • Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
  • Aboriginal Art - Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm - Art Ark
Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm
Aboriginal Art - Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm - Art Ark

Tasha Nampijinpa Collins, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 30x30cm

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  • Aboriginal Artist - Tasha Nampijinpa Collins
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 2502/19
  • Materials - Acrylic on pre-stretched canvas 
  • Size(cm) - H30 W30 D3.5 
  • Postage variants - This work is posted pre-stretched and ready to hang
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

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.

Tasha Nampijinpa Collins was born in 1988 at Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She grew up in Yuendumu and attended the local School, graduating at the age of 17 yrs. She is married and has one girl, little Napanganka, born in 2014.

In 2004 Tasha began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu. She first began when she attended workshops at the Art Centre during the school holidays but once she finished school she painted on a regular basis, developing a modern individualistic style that incorporates traditional iconography and bright colours to depict her Jukurrpa. She paints her father’s Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), stories that relate directly to the land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. Stories that have been passed down by her parents and their parents before them for millennia.





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