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Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm
  • Aborginal Art - Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm
  • Aborginal Art - Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm
  • Aborginal Art - Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm
  • Aborginal Art - Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm
Aborginal Art - Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm
Aborginal Art - Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm
Aborginal Art - Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm
Aborginal Art - Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm

Valda Napangardi Granites, Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snakevine Dreaming) - Mina Mina, 91x46cm

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  • Aboriginal Artist - Valda Napangardi Granites
  • Community - Yuendumu  
  • Aboriginal Art Centre - Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation  
  • Catalogue number - 2518/21
  • Materials - Acrylic on linen  
  • Size(cm) - H91 W46 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).

Valda Napangardi Granites is the grand-daughter of the late Paddy Japaljarri Sims (1916 – 2010) and Bessie Nakamarra Sims (1932 - 2012), two founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists. Valda was born in 1974 in Alice Springs and grew up in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community located 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs, where she still lives. She attended the local school. Valda has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 1993, She paints the Jukurrpa (Dreaming) stories passed down to her by her mother and father and their parents before them for millennia. These are creation stories which closely relate to the features and animals found in her family's traditional lands. Valda is married and has one daughter. She worked with the Yuendumu Old People's program before resigning to look after her daughter.

 




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