Wakirlpirri Jukurrpa (Dogwood Tree Dreaming) <br>Liddy Napanangka Walker, (1925 - 2017)
Wakirlpirri Jukurrpa (Dogwood Tree Dreaming) <br>Liddy Napanangka Walker, (1925 - 2017)

Wakirlpirri Jukurrpa (Dogwood Tree Dreaming)
Liddy Napanangka Walker, (1925 - 2017)


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Wakirlpirri Jukurrpa (Dogwood Tree Dreaming) 
Artist: Liddy Napanangka Walker, (1925 - 2017 )

Region: Yuendumu, Central Australia
Language Group: Anmatyerre.
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Date: 2011

Dimensions: 24 inches x 18 inches (61 x 46 cm)

The main motif of this painting depicts the ‘wakirlpirri’ (dogwood [Acacia coriacea]) tree. ‘Wakirlpirri’ is a very useful tree that grows on the sides of creek beds and near ‘mulga’ trees. The seeds of this tree can be eaten raw or cooked on the fire. A deliciously sweet drink called ‘yinjirrpi’ is made from the seeds when they have been dried. The wood can be used to make weapons such as ‘karli’ (boomerangs) and dancing boards for ceremonies. It is also good wood for burning on the fire because rain cannot extinguish burning Wakirlpirri wood.

” I paint my father Japangardi’s Dreaming and my grandfather’s Dreaming. Mt Theo is my father’s country and that’s what I’m painting the special Dreamings from. The Dreamings I paint are bush tomato, goanna….Goanna likes to fight and is a lover boy. And I paint seed pods and bush potato and hopping mouse. There are lots of stories…I paint strongly.”

Liddy was born in 1925 at Mt Doreen, and spent her younger years living with her family in bush camps. She regularly visited her country around Mt Theo, west of Yuendumu. She lived in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 kms northwest of Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory of Australia, since it was first established and worked in the community in various pastoral care roles including cooking for the sick or the elderly. She started painting on canvas not long after Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal-owned and governed art center located in Yuendumu, was established in 1985 and Liddy become one of the most important members. Liddy painted her father’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreaming stories that relate directly to her land, its features, and animals. These stories were passed down to her by her father and her grandfather and their parents before them for millennia.

Past Exhibitions
Sharing Country - Olsen Gruin, New York
JUN 15,2017 - AUG 10,2017

The Land: Aboriginal Painting - Rebecca Hossack, London (Charlotte Str.)
DEC 01,2016 - DEC 23,2016

Warlukurlangu Artists & Artists of Ampilatwatja - Flinders Lane Gallery, Australia
APR 22,2014 - MAY 10,2014

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