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The story behind the painting: In the Dreamtime, two Ancestral Beings of the Warlpiri tribe, went throughout the Western Desert of Central Australia teaching law and ceremony to Aborigines living at isolated camps. They found many places where the waterholes and creeks had completely dried up, forcing people to leave their camps and wander through the desert trying to find water. Many died of thirst. The two ancestors sat down one day to consider how they could alleviate the distress caused by long periods of drought. They decided to create a special ceremony called Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), and called on the Lightning Man, boss of the storms, to send lightning strikes into the sky. The first people to see these flashes of light were so terrified that they took up spears and boomerangs to fight them.
The ancestors then summoned the great Rainbow Serpent to growl continuously, causing loud thunder to roll across the sky, followed by heavy rain as its forked tongue pierced the storm clouds. As rain poured down, the people dropped their weapons and began to sing and dance with glee. Waterholes were filled and creeks ran with fresh water. Grass sprouted underneath the sand and plants flourished. Animals came to drink at the waterholes and provided a further source of food for the starving people. Later, the summer sun dried the stalks of edible plant and the wind lifted seedpods and distributed them at places throughout the desert, thus ensuring food for the people living there.

Obed Namirriki
Water Dreaming

C/No: 13236 
33cm x 120cm
Natural Ochres on Bark

AUD $ 2,500.00

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