Warlukurlangu Artists, NT
Cooee Art, NSW
This Dreaming comes from Mina Mina, a very important women’s Dreaming site far to the west of Yuendumu near Lake Mackay and the West Australian border. There are a number of water soakages and clay pans at Mina Mina.
In the Dreamtime, ancestral women danced at Mina Mina and ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks) 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 (snake vine), and creating many places as they went. Snake Vine is a rope-like creeper that grows up the trunks and limbs of trees, including the desert oak. It is used as a ceremonial wrap and as a strap to carry coolamons and water carriers. The vine is also used to tie around the forehead to cure headaches, and to bind cuts.Share