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  • Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 1
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  • Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5
  • Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 6
  • Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 7
Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 1
Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 2
Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 3
Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 4
Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 5
Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 6
Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm | Aboriginal Art  | Art Ark - 7

Nancy Napanangka Gibson, Mina Mina Jukurrpa, 91x91cm

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  • Artist - Nancy Napanangka Gibson
  • Community - Nyirripi
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
  • Catalogue number - 495/15ny
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen
  • Size(cm) - H91 W91 D2
  • Postage variants - Artwork is posted un-stretched and rolled for shipping.

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)

Nancy Napanangka Gibson was born a long time ago, at Lake MacKay, a vast saline lake that spans the border of WA and the NT and is located 500 km west-north-west of Alice Springs. Nancy was brought up the traditional Aboriginal way, going bush with family and learning all about country. Nancy’s family were the last people to come from bush to Yuendumu in the 1950s. Nancy is a widow and now lives in Nyirripi, originally an outstation of Yuendumu but now a small Aboriginal community, and located 132 km to the west of Lake Mackay site. She has five children, three sons and two daughters; she has grandchildren and great grandchildren – a big mob.

Nancy started painting in Alice Springs many years ago. She says she taught herself to paint. In 2006 she started painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km from Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. The art centre make regular visits to Nyirripi to drop off canvas, paint and brushes for the artists and to collect finished artwork. She mainly paints Mina Mina Jurkurrpa, Dreamings related to her country west of Nyirripi and near Lake MacKay. Occasionally she paints Wurrpadi Jukurrpa (Spear-tree Dreaming) and Wakerlpirri Jukurrpa (Dogwood Tree Dreaming) Dreamings that also relate to her Mina Mina.

She loves to paint most days and still goes hunting for goanna on the weekends.

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