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  • Aboriginal Art - Cecily Napanangka Marshall, Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), 30x30cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Cecily Napanangka Marshall, Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), 30x30cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Cecily Napanangka Marshall, Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), 30x30cm - Art Ark
  • Aboriginal Art - Cecily Napanangka Marshall, Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), 30x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Cecily Napanangka Marshall, Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), 30x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Cecily Napanangka Marshall, Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), 30x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Cecily Napanangka Marshall, Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), 30x30cm - Art Ark
Aboriginal Art - Cecily Napanangka Marshall, Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), 30x30cm - Art Ark

Cecily Napanangka Marshall, Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), 30x30cm

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  • Artist - Cecily Napanangka Marshall
  • Community - Nyirripi  
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 488/18ny
  • Materials - Acrylic on pre-stretched canvas  
  • Size(cm) - H30 W30 D3.5  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted stretched and ready to hang
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

This painting depicts Nakamarra and Napurrurla women hunting for bush foods. The ‘kirda’ (owners) for this story are Nakamarra/Napurrurla women and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men. Yumurrpa and Wapurtali are two major Dreaming sites owned by the Nakamarra/Jakamarra and Napurrurla/Jupurrurla subsections; these sites are also associated with bush food Dreamings. Yumurrpa is a major waterhole to the northwest of Yuendumu and a ‘yarla’ (bush potato [Ipomea costata]) Dreaming site. The area north of Wapurtali/Yintaramurru (Mt. Singleton) is a ‘wanakiji’ (bush tomato [Solanum chippendalei]) Dreaming site.

Warlpiri women hunt for a number of different bush foods at different times of the year. These include ‘ngarlkirdi’ (witchetty grubs [Endoxyla leucomochla larvae]), ‘yunkaranyi’ (honey ants [Camponotus inflatus]), ‘jintiparnta’ and ‘purlantarri’ (desert truffle [Elderia arenivaga]), ‘yuparli’ (bush bananas [Marsdenia australis]), ‘janmarda’ (bush onions [Cyperus bulbosus]), ‘pirlala’ (bush beans [Acacia coriacea seeds]), ‘ngarlajiyi’ (bush carrots [Vigna lanceolata]), ‘wayipi’ (small bush carrots [Boerhavia diffusa]), and ‘yakajirri’ (bush raisins [Solanum centrale]). Women traditionally dug for these foods using wooden ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks). The end of the digging sticks were charred and ground on a stone surface to create a bevelled edge. Today many Warlpiri women use crowbars (also called ‘karlangu’) to dig for bush foods. Collected bush foods are traditionally carried in ‘parraja’ (coolamons), which can be carried with a strap made from the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina]). 

In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. Concentric circles are often used to represent the bush foods that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks). Sinuous lines are often used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine).

Cecily Napanangka Marshall was born in 1975 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs Hospital. Her parents were living in Yuendumu at the time but her mother passed away when she was young and her father moved to Mt Allan. Cecily was brought up by her Grandmother who has since died. She began her schooling in Alice Springs but attended the local school in Nyirripi when she moved in with her Grandmother. Cecily is a single mum with one daughter who attends Nyirripi Primary School. She has sisters and brothers who were also raised by her Grandmother.

Cecily began painting with Walukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, in 2008. However, it wasn’t until 2013 that Cecily began to paint full-time. She paints her Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s Jukurrpa, stories that have been passed down the generations for millennia and relate directly to the land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. Cecily particularly likes painting Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming) from her Grandmother’s side and Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa (Bush Seed Dreaming) from her Grandfather’s side.

Cecily likes to paint with her Grandmother’s sister, Phyllis Napurrurla Williams and her sister Valerie Napurrurla Morris. “I like the stories. I watch as they paint and tell me about the possum dreaming.”

When Cecily is not painting she use to play sport, particularly basketball. These days she likes to go hunting for Yurrampi (Honey ants) and Ngarlkirdi (witchetty grubs).