Ngapa Jukurrpa – Water Dreaming


Nellie Nangala Wayne was born at Mt Doreen Station, an extensive cattle breeding station about 55 km west of Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community located 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs on the Tanami Highway. When she was a little girl she moved with her parents to Yuendumu, where she grew up. She attended the local Yuendumu high school. Nellie later married and had three children who are all grown up now. She has many grandchildren whom she is very close to and helps to look after. Nellie has worked with the school, the Yuendumu Old People’s Program and with the Women’s Center. She has also been an important member of the Women’s Night Patrol. She still works for the Old People’s Program, an organization that cares for the elderly by helping them when they are sick, and being with them when they are alone or when they are frightened during storms. Nellie has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, the Yuendumu Aboriginal owned and governed art centre, since 2006. She mainly paints her father’s Jukurrpa, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) and Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming), Dreaming stories about her country which have been passed down to her by her father and her father’s father, and their fathers before them. These stories relate directly to Nellie’s traditional country, its features and the animals and plants that live on the land. When Nellie is not painting, she sometimes goes hunting with her stepmother, friends and family. She likes hunting for bush gonna and bush tucker.