Milpirri Banner - WARNA (Snake): Yarrpuyungulu
Lajamanu, North Tanami Desert, Northern Territory, Australia.
This dreaming is a snake, whose personal name is Yarrpuyungulu. That is the name for the snake and the songline. The snake is called warna in Warlpiri which is a generic term for all poisonous snakes.
Lindsay Jungarrayi Herbert states that Yarrpuyungulu came from Kunajarriyi (Mount Nicker) heading towards Yartulu-yartulu (Granites).
Japaljarri, Jungarrayi, Napaljarri and Nungarrayi (Yellow Group)
Lindsay Jungarrayi Herbert, 2005. This Banner is the same Dreaming as the other Yarrpuyungulu Warna banner drawn by Henry Cook Jakamarra. However, Lindsay Jungarrayi Herbert uses a different design.
Wanta Jampijinpa Patrick remembers Mr. Herbert painting this representation of Warna (snake) as a malkarri during the kurdiji initiation ceremony.
Malkarri, ngulaju kalu kurdijirla ngarrirni, yangka kujakalu kuruwarriji yirrarni. Jukurrpa. Jukurrpa yangka warlaljajala kalu yirrarni kurdijiki.
What they call malkarri is the Dreamtime painting they put on a shield. People put their own Dreamings onto shields.
Source: Dictionary Source: Laughren, M., K. L. Hale, and Warlpiri Lexicology Group, 2005 Warlpiri-English Encyclopaedic Dictionary. (Accessed Via Kirrkirr Interface to Electronic Files.) University of Queensland
Lindsay Jungarrayi Herbert (dec) was an artist and important member of the Lajamanu community. He was a motivated leader and an active participant in community politics. He was particularly focused on the Lajamanu Community Council, but also assisted the Ngatijirri group in their negotiations with the gold mining operation at Tanami Mine. He was often a spokesperson for the rights of Aboriginal people, and made statements in relation to government policy and senate enquires and reviews.
"We want to keep our Land Rights Act, we want to keep our decision making things in mining, and in royalties. It's only yes or no. That's all. (Lindsay Herbert Jungarrayi for Reeves report on the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act).
To learn more about this dreaming try speaking with members of the Herbert, Barnes, and Payton families or Elizabeth Ross.
Warlpiri Traditional Knowledge:
Down load this pdf to learn about snakes in the Warlpiri picture book called Warna-patu-kurlu by Ormal Gallagher Nangala, published in 2014 at the Yuendumu School. (English Translation at the end)
Kunajarrayi where this banner started is an important site in Warlpiri country, many Dreamings pass through here. Traditional Owners are in all Warlpiri communities.
Read some about some other Kunajarrayi dreamings in the book Kunajarrayi-kirli yawulyu (Women’s Ceremony from Kunajarrayi) by Jeannie Herbert Nungarrayi and Elizabeth Ross Nungarrayi published by the Lajamanu CEC 1999