Jila Kujarra | Niminjarra Jukurrpa
Jila Kujarra or Two Snakes Dreaming is an important Jukurrpa, or Dreaming narrative connected to Ngayartukujarra or Ngayartu Kujarra, also known as Lake Dora, a glimmering white warla (salt lake) situated between the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts on Martu Ngurra (home, Country). On the eastern edge of this stunning seasonal lake, which connects outwardly to a network of rock holes, all with their own song and ceremony, sits Punmu Community, home to Martu custodians who have kept these places safe, since the very beginning.
Jukurrpa is sometimes a difficult word to translate. It speaks to the time of creation upon the island continent we now know as Australia, a place, or many places which has been known by so many other names throughout the course of history, names held safe by First Peoples. Jukurrpa also speaks to a timeless and placeless spiritual realm, accessed through custom, story, song and ceremony. The Jukurrpa of First People weave a complex interconnected web across, through and around this continent - in learning about them, we are able to understand the nuanced and layered histories of the lands we all live within and upon, that predate recently colonial. © Courtesy the artists. A collaborative project between the artists, Fremantle Arts Centre and Martumili Artists, 2020-22.