Pirlinyanu - Rockhole Dreaming (2009)

Artist: Julie Nangala Robinson

Region: Tanami Desert, NT / WA

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 122 x 122 cm
(Artwork can be rotated)

Catalogue Number: 13379JR

Price: 4500.00


Pirlinyanu is a significant site that is part of the Water Dreaming (Ngapa Jukurrpa) as it travels through the Tanami Desert, west of Yuendumu and towards the WA border.

Using an aerial perspective Julie has painted the spots where deep rock holes nestle into the sides of this important rocky outcrop in Warlpiri country. 

Ownership of his rocky country with its significant waterholes and plentiful bush tucker is passed down from the father (patrilineal) and ritual knowledge is passed on from auntie to niece (father’s sisters).  In this case it is those of the Nampijinpa and Nangala sub-section groups. 

Julie Nangala Robinson

Region: Yuendumu, NT

Julie is the traditional custodian of her country Pirlinyanu, a land of rocky outcrops and deep water springs. It is a water dreaming site (Ngapa Jukurrpa) near Mina Mina.

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