Stewart Jupurrurla Kelly
Aboriginal Warlpiri man
Stewart enjoys painting Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Wapurtali, Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) - Cockatoo Creek and Ngarlkirdi Jurkurrpa (Witchetty Grub Dreaming).
This painting tells the story of the Flying Ant Dreaming. 'Pampardu' (flying ants) create and live in large earth mounds known as 'Mingkirri.' During the heavy rains, the Mingkirri would get flooded out. So, the ants grew wings and flew off to make new homes. Once they reached their new home, their wings would drop off. To this day, flying ants are still collected, lightly cooked over coals and then eaten.
This 'Ngapa Jukurrpa' (Water Dreaming) comes from Wapurtali - Mt. Singleton, west of Yuendumu. In the Dreamtime, a kangaroo was cooked at a place called Jalkirri. The smoke from the fire formed 'Milpirri' (cumulonimbus clouds), and it began to rain. This caused a giant storm to form, which travelled west to other Dreamtime locations.