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  • Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm
  • Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm
  • Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm
  • Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm
  • Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm
Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm
Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm
Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm
Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm
Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm

Maria Nampijinpa Brown, Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) - Warntungurru, 76x61cm

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  • Aboriginal Artist - Maria Nampijinpa Brown
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 142/19
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H76 W61 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted rolled for safe shipping
  • Orientation - Painted from all sides and OK to hang as wished

This painting depicts the Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming) from Wapurtali, west of Yuendumu. 'Pamapardu' is the Warlpiri name for the flying ants or termites that build the large anthills found throughout Warlpiri country. This country belongs to Nakamarra/Napurrurla women and Jakamarra/Jupurrurla men. 'Pamapardu' are flying ants. They build earth mounds (‘mingkirri’) that are common in the Tanami area. When heavy rains come in summer the ‘mingkirri’ get flooded out, so the ‘pamapardu’ grow wings and fly off to make new homes, following their queens to dry mounds or to build a new. When they have found their new home they drop their wings. In this stage they can be collected, lightly cooked in coals and eaten. As they fall to the ground women collect them to eat because they are nice and sweet. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. When this Jukurrpa story is painted concentric circles are used to represent the ‘mingkirri’ and the rockholes involved in the story, including the central one at Wapurtali (Mt Singleton). Dashes are often depicted around the circles to represent the ‘pamapardu’.

Maria Nampijinpa Brown was born in 1973 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community, 290 km from Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She is the daughter of Wendy Nungarrayi Brown and grand-daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (Dec) one of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists and Bessie Nakamarra Sims (Dec), a successful artist in her own right. When she was little she would watch her mother and her grandparents paint and listen to their stories. She is widowed, lives in Yuendumu and has two daughters, Antoinette Napanangka Brown who also paints with the art centre and Alicka Napanangka Brown. Maria has been painting with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre, since 1995. She paints her parents and her grandparents Jukurrpa stories, stories that have been passed down through the generations for millennia. These stories relate to the artists traditional country northwest of Nyirirpi, a settlement 160 kms west of Yuendumu. Maria uses traditional iconography, while developing a modern individualistic style to depict her traditional Jukurrpa. When Maria is not painting she likes to tell stories to her grandchildren, hunt for honey ants when it is raining, and collect firewood for cooking kangaroo tails.