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  • Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
  • Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm
Aboriginal Art | Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm

Paddy Japanangka Lewis, Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi, 91x91cm

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  • Artist - Paddy Japanangka Lewis
  • Community - Nyirripi 
  • Art Centre/Community organisation - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 742/10ny 
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen  
  • Size(cm) - H91 W91 D2  
  • Postage variants - Artwork posted un-stretched and rolled for safe 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).

Paddy Japanangka Lewis was born circa 1925, in the bush around Yuendumu/Nyirripi. He lived a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle with his parents, siblings and extended Warlpiri family. They would have travelled vast distances across desert country, showing him his sites and teaching him the traditional ways of his country. Paddy is the father of Dorothy Napangardi, the celebrated Aboriginal artist. He was a senior law man who lived and died in Nyirripi, an Aboriginal community 460 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. He painted with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, from 1999 until his death in 2011. He mainly painted his Mina Mina Jukurrpa, Dreamings associated with his country 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. Multi-talented, he was also a performer and in 1999 performed in a short feature film called Marluku Wirlinyi: The Kangaroo Hunters, a tale of kangaroo hunting that weaves its way through Dreamtime, to the present and back again.