synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
23 x 30 cm
Provenance Papunya Tjupi Arts, NT Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
Exhibited Songlines Coo-ee Christmas 2012, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW Sydney December 2012 Story The Dreaming site of Miinypa or Yanyilingi is Ngarlu, meaning "Red rock". A Jungarrayi man called Lintipilinti was living at Ngarlu and he fell in love with a Napangardi woman, a taboo relationship as the woman was his classificatory mother in-law, a relationship forbidden to him under Warlpiri religious law.
Lintipilinti fell in love with the Napangardi woman when he saw her make a huge hole in the ground as she urinated. Lintipilinti was very impressed and aroused by this and began to wonder how he could woo the Napangardi.
He went to Ngarlu and made hair string for her, singing Yilpinji (love songs) as he worked. The Napangardi woman could not sleep and felt strange and sick in her stomach. She realised that someone was singing Yilpinji for her. A little bird visited her every day taking JungarrayiÃs songs to her. That bird can still be heard sometimes in the bush - It helps people find certain bush foods. It also talks to people when they are lonely, sad or in danger.
The force of the Yilpinji songs attracted the Napangardi woman to Lintipilinti. When the two lovers met and made love they were turned to stone as punishment for breaking Warlpiri law. The place where they were turned to stone can still be seen at Ngarlu today. Purchase Details This work, as part of Coo-ee's Christmas show, Songlines: Coo-ee Christmas is available for sale from 3pm the 24th November at the exhibition opening and not before. So first in, best dressed! If you are unable to make the exhibition opening, simply register your interest via email email@example.com or call +61 2 9300 9200. Please send through a 'wish list' of works in preference order and specify how many works in total you want. We will endeavour to get you the works of your choosing but are unable to guarantee this. This exhibition is designed to be a bit of fun for Christmas so I hope you enjoy it. The works will sell out quickly so be sure to get in first.