14. Rosie Print
By Rosie Nangala Flemming
20cm x 13cm print size
Ngapa Jukurrpa and Mikanji (Water Dreaming and Dogs)
The country associated with this Ngapa Jukurrpa (water Dreaming) is Mikanji, a watercourse that is usually dry, west of Yuendumu. In this creek bed there are ‘mulju’ (soakages). The custodians of this Jukurrpa are men of the Jangala/Jampijinpa skin groups, and women of the Nangala/Nampijinpa skin groups. The Dreaming travelled from Puyurru, northwest of Yuendumu to a ‘mulju’ in the Mikanji creek. By the side of the soakages two old blind women of the Nampijinpa skin group were si ng. A rain ancestor travelled to Mikanji from Puyurru and unleashed a huge storm. As the two women strained their eyes to see the sky, tears formed in their eyes, creating the rain. Their spirits can s ll be seen at Mikanji in the form of two ‘ngapiri’ (river red gums) growing near the soakage. Mo fs frequently used to depict this story include concentric circles representing ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and short bars depicting ‘mangkurdu’ (cumulus & stratocumulus clouds). In this print Nangala has depicted several dogs by the waterhole. Like many in the Yuendumu community, Nangala is kept company by faithful dogs. Lu y & Whisky, her malaki, are regular visitors to the art centre where she paints.