Ngarlu Jukurrpa – Love Story I


Edition of 99
Etching – Sugar lift painting
Image size 49 x 32.5
Paper size 76 x 56

The site of this Jukurrpa (Dreaming) is Ngarlu, a pirli (rock hill) south east of Yuendumu. It is where a Jungarrayi man fell in love with a Napangardi woman: A taboo relationship under the Warlpiri skin group system (his mother-in-law).

Japaljarri and Jampijinpa men were travelling east to Kurpurrulu. A Jungarrayi man called Lintyipilinti watched a woman from where he sat whilst she was urinating. He was so impressed with what he saw that he decided to woo her.

His imprint has been left in the rocks which reminds the people of his thinking. Whilst he was sitting at Yumurruluwanu he spun some wirriji (hair string) and sung a love song. He also sent a bird to the Napangardi woman with the magic to entice her. When the two met at Ngarlu they made love and as a result of the taboo relationship were turned to stone. They are seen in the rocks at Ngarlu, a long water hole with a broken bolder reminds people of this union.