With its gorge
scenery and art site, both Emily and Jessie Gaps provide an interesting stop
that is associated with
the dreamtime story associated with the ‘Caterpillar Dreaming’ of the Central
Arrernte Aboriginal people.
Anthwerrke, the Arrernte name for Emily Gap, is a traditional site of major
importance. It is part of the storyline for the Three Caterpillars: Yeperenye,
Ntyarlke and Utnerrengatye, which are ancestral beings for the Alice Springs
area. Arrernte people conceived in Alice Springs consider themselves direct
descendants of these Caterpillar ancestors.
There were three types of caterpillars. Some came from Mount Zeil, some came
from Central Mount Stuart and some came from south on the Finke River1.
The Caterpillar story is recorded in a gallery of rock paintings within the gap.