Rachel Lynch Napaltjarri 406-23
Synthetic Polymer On Canvas
In this painting Rachel has painted Water Dreaming from Karrinyarra or Mt Wedge north of Papunya. Her father, Two Bob Tjungarrayi painted the same story. The circles are the water holes or lakes and the pair of short lines are lightning. The lines connecting the water holes are creeks or water courses. Karrinyarra is associated with rain making ceremonies. Aboriginal people believe the Creation or Dreamtime is the beginning of ‘knowledge’, when the laws of existence were put together. It is also the beginning of time when the supernatural Ancestral beings were born out of their own eternity. It is said the Ancestors moved across the then barren surface of the world, hunting and fighting. They changed the form of the land creating the mountains, rivers, trees, plains, water holes and sand hills. The Ancestors were honoured by Aboriginal people in corroborees performed at sacred sites where the spirit of the Ancestors had become part of the landscape, or turned into entities such as rocks or trees.
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