Fire Country Dreaming
By - Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson
This Dreaming belongs to Warlukurlangu country to the south-west ofYuendumu, for which Jampijinpa/Jangala men and Nampijinpa/Nangala women have custodial responsibility. An old man‘lungkarda’ (centralian blue-tongued lizard), of the Jampijinpa skingroup, lived on a hill with his two Jangala sons. The old man wouldfeign blindness and send the two boys hunting in search of meat. While they were gone he would hunt and eat anything that he caught before they returned. One day the sons returned with a kangaroo that they had caught after much tracking. Unfortunately, the kangaroo was scared to the ‘lungkarda’, unbeknown to the boys. In his anger the old man decided to punish his sons and the next time they went out, he put his fire sticks to the ground and sent a huge bushfire after them which chased them for many miles. Although the boys beat out the flames, ‘lungkarda’s’ special magic kept the fire alive and it reappeared out of his blue-tongued lizard hole. Exhausted the boys were finally overcome by the flames. In contemporary Warlpiripaintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. Usually, sites that are depicted in paintings of this Jukurrpa include Warlukurlangu (a man’s cave),Kirrkirrmanu (where the sacred kangaroo was killed), Wayililinypa(where the fire killed the two Jangala sons) and Marnimarnu (a water soakage) where the two Jangalas camped.