Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa – Fire Country


107 x 46cm

This dreaming belongs to the Warlukurlangu country to the south-west of Yuendumu.

Story: An old man ‘Lungkarda’ (Central blue tongued lizard) of the Jampijinpa skin group, lived on a hill with his two sons. The old man would feign blindness and send the two boys hunting in search of meat. While they were gone he would hunt and eat anything that caught before they returned. One day the sons returned with a kangaroo that they had caught after much tracking. Unfortunately the kangaroo was sacred to the ‘Lungkarda’, unbeknown to the boys. In his anger the old man decided to punish his sons. the next time they went out he put a fire stick to the ground and sent out a huge fire which chased them for miles at times propelling them into the air, they were over come by the magic flames. The old man turned into a  Lungkarda-(Blue Tongue), and still holds the the fire magic.

The ‘Kirda’ -(Custodians) for this Jukurrpa are the Jangala / Jampijinpa Men and nangala / Nampijinpa women.