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About the artwork

About the artwork

Artist: Glenys Napanangka Brown

Skin name: Napanagka

Jukurrpa: Ngurlu Jukurrpa (Native Seed Dreaming)


Native seed by Glenys Napanangka Brown

Nakamarra/Napurrurla women and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men. The Jukurrpa is associated with a place called Jaralypari, north of Yuendumu. Lukarrara is a species of Fimbristylis, a grass that bears edible seeds in the winter-time. The seeds are traditionally ground on a large stone ('puturlu') with a smaller stone ('ngalikirri') to make flour. This flour is mixed with water ('ngapa') to make small seed cakes.

In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. In paintings of this Jukurrpa large concentric circles are used to represent Jaralypari and dots surrounding these circles are often depicting the 'ngurlu'.

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Last updated: 25 November 2015
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