Kurrkara Jukurrpa

Desert Oak Jukurrpa

The Kurrkara tree is commonly found in many parts of Central Australia. The Kurrkara tree is the shade tree where the women sat to rest at Mina Mina. Paintings of this Dreaming will often depict the women sitting. Mina Mina is an important ceremonial place belonging to the Japanangka and Japangardi men and the Napanangka and Napangardi women. Mina Mina and the associated land are to the west of Yuendumu in sandhill country. Napanangka and Napangardi women are shown here collecting Jintiparnta at Kanta Karlungu, an area that is also called Mina Mina.

Ancestral women travelled from here to the north through Janyinki and other places then to the east to Alcoota country. There are a number of Mulju and a claypan at Mina Mina and it is here that the women danced and performed various ceremonies. As a result Karlangu rose up out of the ground and it is these implements that the women carried with them on their long journey east. The women danced and sang the whole way with no sleep. The women collected other types of bush tucker like Yakajirri.

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