Pauline Napangardi Gallagher

Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) – Ngalyipi

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) – Ngalyipi
Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) – Ngalyipi

Pauline Napangardi Gallagher

Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) – Ngalyipi

Medium: Acrylic on Linen
Size: 91x76cm
Year: 2015
Price: $ 1150

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 bush tucker and as a tourniquet for headaches.

(Cecilia Alfonso)

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