Malikijarra Jukurrpa

Two Dog Dreaming

Malikijarra Jukurrpa (Two Dogs Dreaming) belongs to the Nampijinpa and Nangala women and the Jampijinpa and Jangala men of Warlpiri culture. This Dreaming comes from country adjacent to the windmill at Warlarla (Rabbit Flat). This site is part of a long Dreaming track that stretches Yarrajalpa in the west of Warlpiri country to Warlaku (Ali Curung) in the east. In this Dreaming story, two dog ancestors, a Jampijinpa and 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 slowly to the east through Kurduwijawija, Warlarla and Yurlpuwarnu. At Yurlpuwarnu they started a fire using a stick, a spear thrower and yinirnti 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 at Warlaku. Many other dogs were living in Warlaku when they arrived. There were many familiesof 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 close to stay in Warlaku and live out their days.


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