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Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) – Ngalyipi
91 x 76 cm
This ‘Jukurrpa’ (Dreaming) comes from Mina Mina, a very important
women’s Dreaming site far to the west of Yuendumu near Lake Mackay
and the WA border. The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this Dreaming are
Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men; the
area is sacred to Napangardi and Napanangka women. There are a
number of ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and a ‘maluri’ (clay pan) at Mina
In the Dreamtime, ancestral women danced at Mina Mina and ‘karlangu’
(digging sticks) rose up out of the ground. The women collected the
digging sticks and then travelled on to the east, dancing, digging for
bush tucker, collecting ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina]), and
creating many places as they went. ‘Ngalyipi’ is a rope-like creeper that
grows up the trunks and limbs of trees, including ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak
[Allocasuarina decaisneana]). It is used as a ceremonial wrap and as a
strap to carry ‘parraja’ (coolamons) and ‘ngami’ (water carriers).
‘Ngalyipi’ is also used to tie around the forehead to cure headaches, and
to bind cuts.
The women stopped at Karntakurlangu, Janyinki, Parapurnta, Kimayi,
and Munyuparntiparnti, sites spanning from the west to the east of
Yuendumu. When they stopped, the women dug for bush foods like
‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffle [Elderia arenivaga]). The Dreaming track
eventually took them far beyond Warlpiri country. The track passed
through Coniston in Anmatyerre country to the east, and then went on to
Alcoota and Aileron far to the northeast of Yuendumu and eventually on
In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the
Jukurrpa and other elements. In many paintings of this Jukurrpa,
sinuous lines are used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine).
Concentric circles are often used to represent the ‘jintiparnta’ (desert
truffles) that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used
to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks).