synthetic polymer paint on linen
107 x 46 cm
This particular site of the Yankirri Jukurrpa, (emu Dreaming) is at Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu. The â€˜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 â€˜wirliya' (footprints), arrow-like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu eating â€˜yakajirri' (bush raisin).
In the time of the Jukurrpa there was a fight at Ngarlikiurlangu between a â€˜yankirri' ancestor and Wardilyka (ancestors over sharing the â€˜yakajirri'. There is also a dance for this Jukurrpa that is performed during initiation ceremonies.