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  • Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm
  • Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm
  • Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm
  • Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm
  • Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm
Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm
Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm
Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm
Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm
Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm

Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 107x61cm

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  • Artist - Kirsty Anne Napanangka Brown
  • Community - Nyirripi 
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 874/17ny   
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen  
  • Size(cm) - H61 W107 D2
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched  and rolled for safe shipping
  • 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).

Kirsty Anne Napanangka Martin-Brown was born in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Nyirripi, a remote Aboriginal community 450 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is the daughter of Agnes Nampijinpa Brown and the grand-daughter of Molly Napurrurla Martin, both artists working with the Warlukurlangu Art Centre. She has one brother and one sister. Kirsty attended school in Nyirripi and in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 150 km south-east of Nyirripi, before going to Kormilda College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Darwin. When she finished school she returned to Nyirripi where she first worked at the Nyirripi store and then at the Childcare Centre. She has two children.