The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, aplace far to the west of Yuendumu, which is significant toNapangardi/Napanangka women andJapangardi/Japanangka men. All of them are the custodiansof the Jukurrpa that created the area. The Jukurrpa storytells of the journey of a group of women of all ages whotravelled to the east gathering food, collecting ‘ngalyipi’(snake vine [Tinospora smilacina]) and performingceremonies as they travelled. The women began theirjourney at Mina Mina where ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks)emerged from the ground. Taking these implements thewomen travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites.Their journey took them far to the east beyond theboundaries of Warlpiri country. The ‘ngalyipi’ vine grows upthe trunks and limbs of the ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak[Allocasuarina decaisneana]) trees. ‘Ngalyipi’ is a sacredvine to Napangardi and Napanangka women that has manyuses. It can be used as a ceremonial wrap, as a strap tocarry ‘parrajas’ (wooden bowls) that are laden with bushtucker and as a tourniquet for headaches.
Size 107 x 61 cm