Warlukurlangu Wonders exhibition
12 AM 5915/08
Hilda Nakamarra Rogers Ngurlu Jukurrpa (Native Seed Dreaming) 2008
Acrylic on linen 1520 x 610mm SOLD
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’.