Vaughan Springs Dreaming


Cat#: 10323
Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming)
122 x 107 cm

Pikilyi is a large and important waterhole and natural spring near Mount
Doreen station. Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming) tells of the
home of two rainbow serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as
man and wife. The woman ‘rainbow serpent’ was of the Napanangka
skin group, the man was a Japangardi. This was a taboo relationship
contrary to Warlpiri religious law. Women of the Napanangka and
Napangardi subsection sat by the two serpents, picking lice off them. For
this service, the two serpents allowed the women to take water from the
springs at Pikilyi. This was because the serpents were the ‘kirda’, or
ceremonial owners, for that country. The spirits of these two rainbow
serpents are still at Pikilyi today. This Dreamings belongs to the women
and men of the Japanangka/Napanangka and Japangardi/Napangardi
skin groups.