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Maggie Napaljarri Ross and painting

Maggie Napaljarri Ross2014

Australian Museum

Australian Museum

This painting tells the story of an ancestral hero in the form of a warluwurru (wedge-tailed eagle) who flew to a site called kiyarlpa to build a nest, hunt for wallaby and kangaroo and raise eagle chicks. For this Jukurrpa (Dreaming), arrow-like shapes are used to represent the eagle tracks, while nests and eggs are represented with circles. The painting also shows the travels of janganpa (brush-tailed possum) as it moved through Warlpiri country and nested in the hollows of white gum trees.

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