Wati Jarra (Two Men Dreaming), 2013 - Painting

Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation


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The Wati Jarra Jukurrpa (Two Men Dreaming) belongs to Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women. The painting depicts the journey of a father and son performing initiation ceremonies for young men. Noth men and women executed ceremonies as part of the young men's initiation ceremony. The men dragged heavy bushes from the sites of Kurlingalinypa, Yarripilangu and Jungarrayiwarnu to the site of the 'purlapa' (ceremony) at Yanjirlpiri. In this site there is a low hill and a water soakage. The men wear 'jinjirla' (feathers) on both sides of their heads. They also wear wooden carvings of stars which are also laid out on the ground as part of the sand paintings produced for 'kurlkurlpa' (business). Their bodies are painted with black and white circles, representing stars. The 'witi' poles (ceremonial spears) are toed to the legs of the young initiates. 'Ngalyipi' (snake vine) is collected and used to tie the Witi poles to the legs of the initiates or vertically to the shins of the dancing initiates.

In contemporary Warlpiri paints traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. In paintings of this Dreaming, concentric circles are often used to represent the 'yanjirlpiri' (stars) painted in the men's bodies while strait lines are frequently used to represent the 'witi' poles.

Artist: Johnny Japaljarri Brown-Possum

Skin Name: Japaljarri

Canvas Size: 30 x 30cm

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