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Aboriginal Art - Catherine Nungarrayi Malbunka, Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi, 30x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Catherine Nungarrayi Malbunka, Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi, 30x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Catherine Nungarrayi Malbunka, Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi, 30x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Catherine Nungarrayi Malbunka, Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi, 30x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Catherine Nungarrayi Malbunka, Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi, 30x30cm - Art Ark

Catherine Nungarrayi Malbunka, Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi, 30x30cm

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  • Aboriginal Artist - Catherine Nungarrayi Malbunka
  • Community - Yuendumu
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 2492/19
  • Materials - Acrylic on pre-stretched canvas 
  • Size(cm) - H30 W30 D3.5
  • Postage variants - This work is posted stretched ready to hang
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

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 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 into Queensland.

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).

Catherine Nungarrayi Malbunka was born in Papunya, a remote Aboriginal community located roughly 240 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. When she was young she attended the local school in Papunya and later went to Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Alice Springs. When she finished school she held a number of jobs including working in the local store, helping out at the local school and working for the Women’s Centre, a group of volunteers who assist other organisations in the community. She moved to Yuendumu when she married Kipper Jupurrurla Ross and they have three children, Bradley, Charmaine and Malcolm. Catherine has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2005. She paints her father’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were passed down to her by her father and his father’s father before him for millennia. “I like to paint; I love the colours and my dreamings”. When she is not painting she likes to go hunting for bush tucker and for witchetty grubs.

 





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