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Sabrina Nungarrayi Gibson

“Emu Dreaming”

Acrylic on canvas (unstretched)

30 x 30 cm

Ref 1261-17ny


$25 Standard Australia 

$55 Worldwide 


This paintings depicts the site of the Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) at Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu, in Central Australia. The Emu travelled to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. Emus are usually represented by their footprints, arrow-like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu eating ‘yakajirri’ (bush raisin). In the time of the Jukurrpa there was a fight at Ngarlikiurlangu between a ‘yankirri’ ancestor and Wardilyka (Australian bustard) ancestors over sharing the ‘yakajirri’. There is also a dance for this Jukurrpa that is performed during initiation ceremonies.



The artwork is accompanied by the official Aboriginal art centre’s certificate of authenticity. The artist’s complete biography will also be provided when available.



IDAIA is a French-Australian organisation specialised in contemporary Indigenous Australian art, based in Sydney and Paris. Passionate about strengthening the ethical contemporary Indigenous creation sector, we work primarily with the official Aboriginal art centres, that is the 90+ Indigenous-owned, not-for-profit artist cooperatives spread across Australia, and are a proud signatory member of the Indigenous Art Code.

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