Mary Pikilyi Jukurrpa

Mary Napangardi Butcher

Acrylique sur toile

61 x 61 cm


Prix :
500 < 1000€

Mary Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming).

Pikilyi is a large and important waterhole and natural spring near Mount Doreen station. Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Waughan Springs Dreaming) tells of the home of two rainbow serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as man and wife.

The woman « rainbow serpent » was of the Napanangka skin group, the man was a Japangardi. This was a taboo relationship contrary to Warlpiri religious law. The two serpents, picking lice off them. For this service, the two serpents allowed the women to take water from the springs at Pikilyi. This was because the serpents were the « kirda » or ceremonial owners, for that contry. The spirits of these two rainbow serpents are still at the Pikilyi today.