• Artwork:Sacred Vine
  • Artist:Pauline Napangardi Gallagher
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Sacred Vineby Pauline Napangardi Gallagher

The original painting inspiring this silk print is titled Mina Mina Jukurrpa or Sacred Vine Dreaming. It depicts the Dreamtime story of a journey by a group of Warlpiri women who travelled across the desert gathering a vine called Ngalyipi. Ngalyipi vine has long been used in sacred ceremonies and also has medicinal properties.

  • Artist:Pauline Napangardi Gallagher
  • Title:Sacred Vine
  • ID:MFAS010007
  • Medium:Print on Silk
  • Size:135 x 135 cm
  • Region:Yuendumu, Central Australia


Pauline Napangardi Gallagher was born in 1952 in Yuendumu in northern Australia. She went to the local school in Yuendumu and soon after married her promised husband, who is now deceased. 
Pauline moved to Nyirripi , about 160 kms from Yuendumu, and she still lives there. She has three sons, two daughters and fifteen grandchildren. Some of her family live in Nyirripi and the rest live in Yuendumu, Kintore and Papunya, other Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.  Pauline's country is Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs), a sacred water hole and located near Mount Doreen Station west of Yuendumu and approximately 350 km north west of Alice Springs.   Since 2006 Pauline has painted with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, a Yuendumu-based art centre. She paints her father's stories - Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Pikilyi Dreaming) and Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming), about her land, its features and animals. These have been passed down through the family for millennia. She continues to paint when she visits Yuendumu or when canvas, paint and brushes are delivered to Nyirripi by the art centre, which has done this since 2005.    Pauline loves colour and uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional Aboriginal culture.

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