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Pirlinyanu Dreaming (2006)

Artist: Julie Nangala Robinson

Region: Yuendumu, NT

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 152 x 122 cm
(Artwork can be rotated)

Catalogue Number: 9598JR

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With gentle grey, white and black dots of various sizes creating undulating movement throughout this magnificent work, Julie depicts her Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), which is associated with her father’s traditional country of Pirlinyanu, a rocky outcrop in the Tanami Desert, west of Yuendumu and towards the WA border.

This rocky country with its significant waterholes and plentiful bush tucker is one of many significant locations for the Water Dreaming because if you know which rocks to move you always have access to fresh water in the deep natural occurring wells of Pirlinyanu. Without this knowledge one could imagine there was no water in this desert landscape. Ownership of country 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. 


Artist Julie Nangala Robinson with "Pirlinyanu Dreaming" - Cat 9598JR

Artist Julie Nangala Robinson with artwork (Cat 9598JR)


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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