Wati-Jarra Jukurrpa

Wati Jukurrpa

The Wati Jukurrpa or Two Men Dreaming belongs to the Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men and the Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women. Paintings usually depict the journey of a father and son performing initiation ceremonies for young men. Both men and women executed ceremonies as part of the young men's initiation ceremony. The men dragged heavy bushes from the sites of Purrpalala and Yanjirlpiri. In this site there is a low hill and a water soakage. The men wear Jinjirla on both sides of their heads. They also wear wooden carving of stars which are also laid out on the ground as part of the sand paintings produced for Kurlkurlpa. Their bodies are painted with white and black circles, representing stars. The Witi poles are tied to the legs of the young initiates. Ngalyipi is collected and used to tie the Witi poles to the legs of the initiates or vertically to the shins of the dancing initiates. 

In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. In paintings of this Dreaming concentric circles are often used to represent the Yanjirlpiri painted on the men's bodies which straight lines are frequently used to represent the Witi poles. 

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