Flora Brown's - Mina Mina Dreaming
This 'Jukurrpa', (Dreaming) comes from Mina Mina, a very important women's Dreaming site far to the west of Yuendumu near Lake Mackay and the WA border. The 'kirda', (owners) of this Dreaming are the Napangardi/Napanangka women and the Japangardi/Japanangka men. The area is sacred to the women, there are a number of 'mulju', (water soakages) and a 'maluri', (clay pan) 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. 'Ngalyipi' is a rope like creeper that grows up the trunks and limbs of trees, including 'kurrkara', (desert oak). It is used as a ceremonial wrap and as a strap to carry 'parraja', (coolamons) and 'ngami', (water carriers). 'Ngalyipi' is also used to tie around the forehead to cure headaches and to bind cuts.
Size: 76cm x 76cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas