Mina Mina Jukurrpa - Ngalyipi

Mina Mina Jukurrpa Ngalyipi

This Dreaming comes from Mina Mina, a very important women's Dreaming site far to the west of Yuendumu, near Lake Mackay and the Western Australia border. The Kirda of this Dreaming are the Napangardi/Napanangka women and the Japangardi/Japanangka men. The area is sacred to Napangardi and Napanangka women. There are a number of Mulju and a Maluri at Mina Mina.

In the Dreamtime, ancestral women danced at Mina Mina and Karlangu rose up out of the ground. The women collected the digging sticks and then travelled on to the east, dancing, digging for bush tucker, collecting Ngalyipi and creating many places as they went. Ngalyipi is a rope like creeper that grows up the trunks and limbs of trees, including Kurrkara. It is used as a 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. The Dreaming track eventually took them far beyond Warlpiri country. The track passed through Coniston in Anmatyerre country to the east and then west on to Alcoota and Aileron far to the north-east of Yuendumu and eventually into Queensland.

In Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. In many paintings of this Jukurrpa sinuous lines are used to represent Ngalyipi. Concentric circles are often used to represent Jintaparnta that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the Karlangu

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