A Trip Around the Desert

An Exhibition of Contemporary Indigenous Art in the Atrium Gallery


A Trip Around the Desert

An Exhibition of Contemporary Indigenous Art in the Atrium Gallery


PADDY JAPANANGKA LEWIS

Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi
190/08ny
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina … | 190/08ny
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 122cm | 48 x 48in
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The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu, which  is significant to Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men.  All of them are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area.

The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled to the east gathering food, collecting ’ngalyipi’ (snake vine, Tinospora smilacina) and performing ceremonies as they travelled.  The women began their journey at Mina Mina where ’karlangu’ (digging sticks) emerged from the ground.  Taking these implements the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites.

Their journey took them far to the east beyond the boundaries of Warlpiri country.  The ’ngalyipi’ vine grows up the trunks and limbs of the ’kurrkara’ (desert oak, Allocasuarina decaisneana) trees.  ’Ngalyipi’ is a sacred vine to Napangardi and Napanangka women that has many uses.  It can be used as a ceremonial wrap, as a strap to carry ’parrajas’ (wooden bowls) that are laden with bushtucker and as a tourniquet for headaches.

The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu, which  is significant to Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men.  All of them are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area.

The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled to the east gathering food, collecting ’ngalyipi’ (snake vine, Tinospora smilacina) and performing ceremonies as they travelled.  The...