synthetic polymer paint on linen
30 x 30 cm
The country associated with this painting is Mina Mina, a place far west of Yuendumu that is significant to Napangardi/Napanangka women. Along with their classificatory Japangardi/Japanangka brothers, they are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area.
This Dreaming describes the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled east gathering food, collecting â€˜ngalyipi' (snake vine) and performing ceremonies as they travelled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where â€˜karlangu' (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these implements the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their journey took them eventually beyond Warlpiri country. The women used the karlangu to collect bush tucker on their travels.
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. The main motif uses in paintings of these Dreaming are the karlangu.