Saraeva Napangardi Marshall - Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi
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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 Dreamô€†Ÿme, ancestral women danced at Mina Mina and ‘karlangu’ (digging sô€†Ÿcks) rose up out of the ground. The women collected the digging sô€†Ÿcks and then travelled on to the east, dancing, digging for bush tucker, collecô€†Ÿng ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina]), and creaô€†Ÿng 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 ô€†Ÿe around the forehead to cure headaches, and to bind cuts. The women stopped at Karntakurlangu, Janyinki, Parapurnta, Kimayi, and Munyuparnô€†Ÿparnô€†Ÿ, sites spanning from the west to the east of Yuendumu. When they stopped, the women dug for bush foods like ‘jinô€†Ÿparnta’ (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 painô€†Ÿngs, tradiô€†Ÿonal iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. In many painô€†Ÿngs of this Jukurrpa, sinuous lines are used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine). Concentric circles are oô€…Œen used to represent the ‘jinô€†Ÿparnta’ (desert truffles) that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sô€†Ÿcks).