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Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm
  • Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm
  • Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm
  • Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm
  • Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm
Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm
Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm
Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm
Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm

Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher, Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu, 61x46cm

$349.00
  • Aboriginal Artist - Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher
  • Community - Nyirripi
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 393/20ny
  • Materials - Acrylic on canvas
  • Size(cm) - H61 W46 D2
  • Postage variants - This work is posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

This particular site of the Yankirri Jukurrpa, (emu Dreaming [Dromaius novaehollandiae]) is at Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu. The ‘yankirri’ travelled to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. This Jukurrpa story belongs to Jangala/Jampijinpa men and Nangala/Nampijinpa women. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. Emus are usually represented by their ‘wirliya’ (footprints), arrow-like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu eating ‘yakajirri’ (bush raisin [Solanum centrale]). In the time of the Jukurrpa there was a fight at Ngarlikiurlangu between a ‘yankirri’ ancestor and Wardilyka (Australian bustard [Ardeotis australis]) ancestors over sharing the ‘yakajirri’. There is also a dance for this Jukurrpa that is performed during initiation ceremonies.

Zenaida Nampijinpa Gallagher was born in 1993, in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Nyirripi, a remote aboriginal community located approximately 430 km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is the grand-daughter of Gayle Napangardi and Teddy Jakamarra Gibson and grand-daughter of Pauline Napangardi Gallagher, major Warlpiri artists.  Zenaida attended Kormilda College, an Anglican and Uniting Church day and residential secondary college located at Berrimah in Darwin, Northern Territory. When she finished school, she returned to Nyirripi where she still lives.

She began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu and Nyirripi, in 2007. “I like to paint the emu and the different colours and designs with just one emu.”  Zenaida paints her father’s and grandfather’s Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming – Ngarlikurlangu), stories which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories have been passed down to her by her father and his father before him for millennia. She uses colour and traditional iconography to represent her Yankirri Jukurrpa.

When she is not painting, she likes to watch footy or go hunting with her husband, friends and family.




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