This delightful artwork shows detail from Alma Granites artwork ‘Seven Sisters Dreaming’ (Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa), reproduced under license. It depicts the story of seven ancestral Napaljarri sisters who are found in the night sky today in the cluster of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, more commonly known as the Pleiades. The Pleiades are seven women of the Napaljarri skin group and are often depicted in paintings of this Jukurrpa carrying the Jampijinpa man ‘wardilyka’ (the bush turkey), who is in love with the Napaljarri-wamu and who represent the Orion’s Belt cluster of stars.
Jukurra-jukurra, the morning star, is ta 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 the Napaljarri-wamu turned themselves into fire and ascended to the heavens to become stars. The custodians of the Napaljarri-wamu Jukurrpa are Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women.
“I want my art to tell the story of my ancestors and be able to show the world my culture and my traditions.”
Alma Nungarrayi Granites (1955 – 2017) lived in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community located Northwest of Alice Springs. She was the daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (Dec) and Bessie Nakamarra Sims (Dec), both founding artists of Warlurulangu Artists. She painted a large array of stories all of which were passed down to her from her father and generations before him. All her paintings tell creation stories that relate to the artists traditional country. She painted with the Warlukurlangu Artists from 1987 until 2017. In 2007, she decided to explore her painting skill in more depth; she started working at the art centre every day to produce a body of work that expanded her knowledge of the dreaming (Jukurrpa_ as well as the development of her unique technical artistic style. She was a strong participant and supporter of Warlurulangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal-owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia. She has exhibited in group exhibitions nationally and internationally; culminating in many solo shows, including one in Singapore in 2010 and one in Germany in 2011. In 2010 she completed an Artist in Residency at the Australian Pavillion World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. Royalties from the sale of these products directly benefiting the Artist community, Warlukurlangu Artists – www.warlu.com