Sarah Napaljarri Sims - Mina mina dreaming
Mainie Australia - Mina Mina Dreaming Painting
Artwork Name: Mina Mina Dreaming
Artist: Sarah Napaijarri Sims
Size: 30cm x 30cm pre-stretched canvas
This ‘Jukurrpa’ comes from Mina Mina, a very important women’s dreaming site far to the west of Yuendumu near Lake Mackay and the WA Boarder. The ‘kirda’ (owners) of this Dreaming are Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Jaoanangka men. The area is sacred to the Napangardi and Napanangka women. There are a number of ‘mulji’ (water soakage’s) and a ‘maluri’ (clay pan) at Mina Mina.
‘Ngalyipi’ is a rope like creeper that grows up the trunks and limbs of trees, including ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak) It is used as 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) 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 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).