Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122 x 107 cm
This painting of Majarrdi Jukurrpa (ceremonial dancing skirts) tells the story of an important element in much of Warlpiri ceremonial activity. ï¿½Majarrdiâ€Ÿ is a hair-string belt or skirt that ï¿½karntaâ€Ÿ (women) wear for ceremonial dances called Yawulyu. Hair is rolled into a string using a rubbing technique on the thigh and spun onto a stick spindle and then made into a belt or skirt. In the time of the Jukurrpa ancestral hero women of the Napangardi and Napanangka kinship subsections were living at Mina-Mina, far to the west of Yuendumu. The women travelled over their country performing ceremonies and dances wearing their ï¿½majarrdiâ€Ÿ (ceremonial dancing skirts). This Dreaming belongs to Napangardi/Napanangka women and to Japangardi/Japanangka men. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. In paintings of this Dreaming, ï¿½Wâ€Ÿ shapes are often used to represent the dancing skirts while ï¿½Uâ€Ÿ shapes are representing the women while they are performing their ceremonies.