In this painting by Margaret Lewis, sister of acclaimed painter Dorothy Napangardi (see Collectors’ home), called Mina Mina Dreaming, ancestral women danced at Mina Mina and 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 desert oak). It is used as a ceremonial wrap and as a strap to carry coolamons (food platters/bowls) and water carriers. ‘Ngalyipi’ is also used to tie around the forehead to cure headaches, and to bind cuts.
The women stopped at several sites spanning from the west to the east of Yuendumu. When they stopped, the women dug for bush foods like desert truffle). The Dreaming track eventually took them far beyond Warlpiri country. The track passed through Coniston in Anmatyerre country to the east, and then went on to Alcoota and Aileron far to the northeast of Yuendumu and eventually on into Queensland.
In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. In many paintings of this Jukurrpa, sinuous lines are used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine). Concentric circles are often used to represent the ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffles) that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks).
Each Aboriginal painting is the result of a well thought process, starting with the story to tell and the symbols in aboriginal art, colors and artistic interpretation that comes with it. Each piece is unique and comes with an artist biography and the specific story