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Caroline Nakamarra Gibson / Water Dreaming (1B)
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Caroline Nakamarra Gibson was born in 1966 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She is the daughter of Nancy Napanangka Gibson, a well-respected artist who also paints with Warlukurlangu Artists. Caroline has one sister, Anita Nakamarra Gibson and three brothers. Caroline attended the local school in Yuendumu but later moved to Nyirripi, an Aboriginal community 160km north-west of Yuendumu. She is a widow and has two children and three grandkids.
Caroline has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists since 2007. She paints her father’s dreaming, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) and Wimpa Jukurrpa (Lightning Dreaming), country located in the ‘tali’ sandhill country of Gibson Desert, south west of Lake McKay. “My mother told me my father’s Jukurrpa.” These stories relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it and have been passed down through the generations.
When she is not painting or looking after her family she attends studies through the Batchelor Institute, Indigenous Tertiary Education.
The site depicted in this painting is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are ‘mulju’ (soakages), or naturally occurring wells. The ‘kirda’ (owners) for this site are Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. The storm travelled across the country from the east to the west, initially travelling with a ‘pamapardu Jukurrpa’ (termite Dreaming) from Warntungurru to Warlura, a waterhole 8 miles east of Yuendumu. At Warlura, a gecko called Yumariyumari blew the storm on to Lapurrukurra and Wilpiri. Bolts of lightning shot out at Wirnpa (also called Mardinymardinypa) and at Kanaralji. At this point the Dreaming track also includes the ‘kurdukurdu mangkurdu Jukurrpa’ (children of the clouds Dreaming). The water Dreaming built hills at Ngamangama using baby clouds and also stuck long pointy clouds into the ground at Jukajuka, where they can still be seen today as rock formations.
The termite Dreaming eventually continued west to Nyirrpi, a community approximately 160 km west of Yuendumu. The water Dreaming then travelled from the south over Mikanji, a watercourse with soakages northwest of Yuendumu. At Mikanji, the storm was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlanji’ (brown falcon) and taken farther north. At Puyurru, the falcon dug up a giant ‘warnayarra’ (rainbow serpent). The serpent carried water with it to create another large lake, Jillyiumpa, close to an outstation in this country. The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this story are Jangala men and Nangala women. After stopping at Puyurru, the water Dreaming travelled on through other locations including Yalyarilalku, Mikilyparnta, Katalpi, Lungkardajarra, Jirawarnpa, Kamira, Yurrunjuku, and Jikaya before moving on into Gurindji country to the north.
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