• Wardilyka Jukurrpa (Bush Turkey Dreaming)
  • Wardilyka Jukurrpa (Bush Turkey Dreaming)
  • Wardilyka Jukurrpa (Bush Turkey Dreaming)
  • Wardilyka Jukurrpa (Bush Turkey Dreaming)
  • Wardilyka Jukurrpa (Bush Turkey Dreaming)

Isaiah Jungarrayi Lewis

Wardilyka Jukurrpa (Bush Turkey Dreaming)

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    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • Dimensions: 40cm x 30cm
    • Cat No. 283-16

Isaiah Lewis has been connected to the art centre since 2008 as a young man. Prior to this Jungarrayi lost both his parents. He was their main carer at a young age until they passed away. His father was one of the older bush men who spent the majority of his life living in the Tanami Desert on country and not in a township such as Lajamanu. Isaiah is a first generation born and growing up in a town. His mother was a school teacher. His father was among the first group of Aboriginal people who travelled to Europe sharing Warlpiri Ceremony, ground mosaics there. Isaiah worked as a staff member in the wood work area and documenting art works. He helped with many projects including digital artworks, and multi media installations. He also paints art works on canvas. His digital works have exhibited in London, Germany, France, Spain and New York. This dreaming tells about the bush turkey. It is a big bird that flies around from place to place searching for food. They eat insects. The men hunted for the turkeys with boomerangs. The men hunt together to catch the turkeys.

Lajamanu has a population of around 900 Warlpiri people. The older generation see Warnayaka as an avenue to achieve a number of needs that are present in their community. At the centre these elders still create their dot paintings. The most important thing expressed by members, is the need to preserve and pass on the cultural significance of Warlpiri, the culture of the people of Lajamanu, which encompasses not only art, but includes language, social structure, law and country. In doing so it is understood that excellence in art, prosperity from art sales, employment opportunities and preservation of pride in being Warlpiri will result. The art centre is a Warlpiri corporation and is staffed mainly by the children of the older generation of Indigenous Lajamanu residents who remember their first contact with white Australia. They maintain the computerised data base and run the art centre production. Older and younger community members produce Aboriginal dot paintings and make wooden artefacts. The centre is a place for a cup of tea and a song and dance, and then a trip into the Spinifex desert to look for goanna and lizards or to collect bush coconut, bush banana, yams and bush honey from native bees.

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