Murdie Nampijinpa Morris
Malikijarra Jukurrpa (Two Dogs Dreaming)
This painting depicts ‘malikijarra Jukurrpa’ (two dogs
Dreaming). The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this Dreaming are
Nampijinpa/Nangala women and Jampijinpa/Jangala men.
This Dreaming comes from country adjacent to the windmill
at Warlarla (Rabbit Flat). This site is part of a long
Dreaming track that stretches from Yarrajalpa in the
extreme west of Warlpiri country to Warlaku (Ali Curung) in
the east. In this Dreaming story, two dog ancestors, a
Jampijinpa and a Napangardi, travelled from the west to
the east. They began at Yarrajalpa (a waterhole) and
travelled through Wirninginpa, Jinarli, Karljawarnu (a
rockhole), Jilwirrpa, and Waanjurna (a rockhole). They dug
holes in the ground and created ‘warnirri’ (rockholes) and
‘ngapa’ (waterholes) as they went.
At Tapu (a rockhole), the two dogs separated. The female
dog, Napangardi, went to the south towards
Ngamarnawarnu. The male dog, Jampijinpa, went to the
north through Mukirri and Paruwu. Eventually he became
lonely and howled for Napangardi in the south. She came
running to him, and they married each other at Ngarnka.
They wore men’s and women’s marriage headdresses, and
Jampijinpa painted himself with white clay for the
ceremony. After the wedding, they continued on slowly to
the east through Kurduwijawija, Warlarla (Rabbit Flat), and
Yurlpuwarnu (rockholes). At Yurlpuwarnu they started a fire
using a ‘jimanypa’ (stick), a spear-thrower, and ‘yinirnti’
(bat-wing coral tree [Erythrina vespertilio]) wood for
firewood. The dogs then continued east through Kulpurlunu
(a waterhole) and Ngumurlungu, where they encountered
some other dogs. However, these dogs sent them away
while they performed a sacred ceremony.
The two dogs continued running east, past Jarramarda and
Yankirrikirlangu, before arriving in Warlaku (Ali Curung).
Many other dogs were living in Warlaku when they arrived.
There were many families of dogs, mothers and fathers and
children and uncles all living together. Jampijinpa and
Napangardi made a burrow to rest in and started a big
family of dogs there. They chose to stay in Warlaku and livewith all the other dogs.
In this way, the ‘malikijarra
Jukurrpa’ (two dogs Dreaming) tells the story of proper
conduct in families and marriages.
In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to
represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. The ribcages of
the Jampijinpa, Napangardi, and their family of dogs are
depicted in this work. Their ribs can also be seen as
features in the landscape in the Yankirrikirlangu area.
Concentric circles are used to represent the ‘ngapa’
(waterholes) around Yankirrikirlangu.
Size 152cm x 122cm Framed