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  • Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm
Aboriginal Art | Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,  Mina Mina Jukurrpa -  Ngalyipi, 122x76cm

Jorna Napurrurla Nelson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 122x76cm

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  • Artist - Jorna Napurrurla Nelson
  • Community - Nyirripi  
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 01/10ny 
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen  
  • Size(cm) - H76 W122 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe shipping

The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu, which is significant to Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men. All of them are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area. 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.

Jorna Napurrurla Nelson was born 1928/1932 near Mt Doreen, west of Yuendumu and died in Nyirripi in 2011. A Warlpiri speaker, Jorna lived in both Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia and sometimes in Nyirripi, an Aboriginal community 160 kms further north-west of Yuendumu. Mt Doreen is located between Nyirripi and Yuendumu. As a young girl Jorna would have lived a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle with her parents, travelling across desert country and learning all about the country in the traditional way. In 1946 Yuendumu was established , in 1947 a Baptist mission was established there and by 1955, like many of the Warlpiri people, Jorna and her family would have settled in the town. Jorna began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation in 1987. She painted her mother and 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 parents and their parents before them for millennia. Jorna generally painted stories about sacred sites or about animals and plants which are commonly found in the country surrounding this community. Food and bush tucker are still regularly hunted and collected today and Jorna loved to go out hunting with her family and friends. They would go hunting for goanna, kangarro, snakes, and witchetty grubs as well as bush tucker, such as native currants, bush potato and bush banana.

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