Connie Nakamarra White-Fisher - Ancestral Serpent Dreaming 46cm x 61cm


Connie Nakamarra White-Fisher - Ancestral Serpent Dreaming 46cm x 61cm



  • Artist: Connie Nakamarra White-Fisher
  • Artwork: Ancestral Serpent Dreaming
  • Canvas Stretched to Frame
  • Artwork 46cm x 61cm



The story depicted in this painting is about a snake ancestor named Yarripiri (a python species) that travelled from Winparrku, south west of Papunya, to a big creek called Kampalypa. Next he travelled to sites at Wakurrumpu and then onto Yuwajikilyimi and to a big swamp called Karturnu. 'Yarripiri' travelled north performing the Jardiwarnpa ceremony, which is a ceremony of reconciliation and retribution eagerly awaited by Warlpiri people. Yarripiri was very sad as his family had left him behind at Wirnparrku. He was blind and crippled but he was determined to follow and search them out. He had to be carried. This was the job undertaken by the 'kurdungurlu' (ceremonial police) of the Dreaming: the Nangala/Nampijinpa women and Jangala/Jampijinpa men. The 'kirda' (custodians) for this Jardiwanpa Jukurrpa (ancestral snake Dreaming) are Nakamarra/Napurrurla women and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men.

In traditional Warlpiri iconography a number of symbols are used to represent this Jukurrpa. The wavy lines depict Yarripiri (python) tracks. Straight lines often represent 'witi', which are tall and vertically mounted ceremonial poles. These large poles, adorned with the leaves of the Red River Gum tree, are burned during the ceremony and then laid down on the sand. Before being burned, these ceremonial poles can be shown as circles. 'U' shapes often represent people performing ceremonial business.