Current Location:
L. William Seidman Center -> 1st Floor (WSC)
Location Notes:
WSC; 1st fl., Conference rm. 1019

Aboriginal Art Collection ➔ Mina Mina Tjukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi

Louise Npangardi Dickson
GVSU Collection
Acrylic on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 12 in Width: 12 in
Abstract piece exhibiting a beaded look. The paint is applied in dots to give the appearance of texture. There are three main shapes. On the left there are four large rings connected together by smaller rings. In the center there is a line with a ring on the top and eleven upside down crescent shapes run the length of the line. To the right a line topped with a ring has another line weaving down the length. The background has a ripple of colors, yellow, blue, purple and red.
Historical Context:
The country associated with this Jukurrpa is 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. The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who traveled to the east gathering food, collecting 'ngalyipi' (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina])and performing ceremonies as they traveled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where 'karlangu' (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these implements, the women traveled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their joyurney took them far to the east beyond the boundaries of Warlpiri country. The 'ngalyipi' vine grows up the trunks and limbs of the 'kurrkara' (desert oak [Allocasuarina decaisneana]) trees. 'Ngalyipi' is a sacred vine to Napangardi and Napanangka women that has many uses such as a ceremonial wrap, a strap for bowls, or a tourniquet for headaches.