3. Shorty Etching Large Red
By Shorty Jangala Robertson
81 x 61 cm
Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)
The site depicted in this pain ng is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are the water soakages or naturally occurring wells. In this painting Shorty has represented the water using the long straight lines and the storm and clouds using the short line crossing the long lines. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled across the country, lightening striking the land. This storm met up with a storm from Wapurtali, to the west. It was picked up by a bird and carried further west un l the load became too heavy for it to bear and it dropped that storm at Purlungyanu, where it created a giant soakage. At Puyurru the bird dug up a giant snake, Wanayarra, that carried water with it that created a giant lake, Jillyiumpa. There is an outstation there that Shorty’s family lives at today.