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Judy Napangardi Watson was born at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, at the time when many Waripiri and other Central and Western Desert Peoples were living a traditional nomadic life. With her family Judy made many trips on foot to her country and lived for long periods at Mina
Mina and Yingipurlangu, her ancestral country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts. These places are rich in bush tucker such as wanakiji, bush plums, yakajirri, bush tomatoes and wardapi, sand goanna. Judy still frequently goes hunting in the country west of Yuendumu, near
Judy was taught painting by her elder sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson. She painted alongside her at Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre in Yuendumu, for a number of years developing her own unique style. Though a very tiny woman Judy had ten children, four of whom she outlived. She was a woman of incredible energy; this was transmitted to her work through her dynamic use of colour and energetic dragged dotting style. She was at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa by Waripiri artists; however her work retains strong kurruwarri, the details
which tell of the sacredness of place and song in her culture.
JUKURRPA: Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi
This Jukurrpa (Dreaming) comes from Mina Mina, a very important
womens Dreaming site far to the west of Yuendumu near Lake Mackay
and the WA border. The kirda (owners) of this Dreaming are Napangardi
/ Napanangka women and Japangardi / Japanangka men; the area
is sacred to Napangardi and Napanangka 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 [Tinospora smilacina]), 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 [Allocasuarina decaisneana]). 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.
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