The Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa (Star Dreaming) or also known as Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming) depicts the story of the seven ancesterol Napaljarri sisters who are found in the night sky today in the cluster of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, more commonly known as Pleiades.
The Pleiades are seven women of the Napaljarri skin group and are often depicted in the paintings of this Dreaming carrying the Jampijinpa man “Wardilyka’ (The Bush Turkey) who is in love with the Napaljarri-Warnu and who represents the Orion’s Belt cluster of stars. Jukurra-Jukurra, the morning star, is a Jakamarra man who is also in love with the seven Napaljarri sisters and is often shown chasing them across the night sky. In a final attempt to escape from the Jakamarra man the Napaljarri-Warnu turned themselves into fire and ascended to the heavens to become stars.
Note: There are many interpretations of the Seven Sisters story from different communities
“This the Seven Sisters Story, part of it, that was given to me by my Mother, and her Mother gave to her.
It is about what happened in my part of the story, in my country.
The seven sisters were out gathering bush tucker, and a man fell in love with one of these women.
He tried to woo he away, but she didn’t want to go, so he hid as rocks and things along the path.
The sisters knew this though, so they flew up into the sky to become the Seven Sisters”
reference Pleiades star cluster, aka Seven Sisters.
Follow this link to watch the story and find many others on line, featuring Inawinytji http://sevensisterssongline.com/about/
Sharing some of Inawinytji’s story and others here. It is very helpful in understanding why you will see the same story painted so many different ways – and you may be enthralled into a want of more knowledge for past, present and future understanding of the lives around us.
We have a limited number of this beautiful Exhibition Catalogue available.
This is the video Inawinytji shared at the Gallery at the Circle of Arts Foundation Exhibition event.