Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming - Mina Mina) - Valda Napangardi Granites
Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming - Mina Mina) by Valda Napangardi Granites 2661/21
Acrylic on Belgian Linen, 183 x 91 cm
This ‘ngalyipi Jukurrpa’ (snakevine [Tinospora smilacina] Dreaming) comes from Mina Mina. Mina Mina is an extremely important ceremonial site for Napangardi and Napanangka women that is located approximately 600kms west of Yuendumu, just east of Lake Mackay and the WA border. The area has a ‘marluri’ (salt lake or claypan) that is usually dry, without water. There are also a number of ‘mulju’ (soakages), sandhills, and a large stand of ‘kurrkara’ (desert oaks). The Mina Mina Jukurrpa is an important source of Warlpiri ritual knowledge and social organization, particularly relating to the different roles performed by men and women.
The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this Jukurrpa are Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men. There are a number of different Jukurrpa associated with Mina Mina; artists usually choose to depict one particular Jukurrpa in their paintings. In addition to ‘ngalyipi’ (snakevine), these can include ‘karnta’ (women), ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks), ‘majardi’ (hairstring skirts/tassels), ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak [Allocasuarina decaisneana]), and ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffle [Elderia arenivaga]).