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This painting depicts the Wardapi Jukurrpa (Goanna Dreaming) coming from Yarripilangku, south-west of Yuendumu. It tells the story of a group of Karnta (Warlpiri women) that were sitting down in a circle. A man from Mt. Theo, of the Japangardi skin group named Wamaru, came up to the women. He wanted to take a girl of the wrong skin, a Nungarrayi. He took the Nungarrayi woman, named Yurlkurinyi, and went up the hill where they made love. Then the earth turned to Ngunjungunju (yellow and white ochre) and the man turned himself and all the 'karnta' (women) into 'wardapi" (goannas). The ochre is still found on top of the hill and used today for love magic and for ceremonial decoration. Ingrid Napangardi Williams is a warlpiri woman and lives in Yuen dumu, NT (Central Desert, Australia).

Size: 30 x 30 x 2 cm


Shipping : $45.00 in Australia & $65.00 worldwide



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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