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Cherylyn Napangardi Granites / Jinti-Parnta Dreaming (1A)

30cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 2696-18

$170.00

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Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance

Cherylyn Napangardi Granites was born in 1983 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She has grown up most of her life in Yuendumu, first attending the local school in Yuendumu, and then Kormilda College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Darwin and finally attending the local Yuendumu High School to finish her schooling. Since leaving school she worked for several years, on and off, as a video and radio broadcaster for PAW Media and Communication, a remote Aboriginal media organization situated at Yuendumu. Chantelle has one daughter, Naomi, born in 2000.

Cherylyn has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 2005. She paints the Yunkaranyi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming), Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Country Dreaming) and Janynki Jukurrpa, stories about country close to Yuendumu. These stories have been passed down from her father’s side and his father’s side for millennia and relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. “I like painting. I like to keep my culture strong. I watched my grandmother, my father’s mother, paint and now when I’m painting it makes me happy, it reminds me of her.”’

When Cherylyn is not painting she keeps herself busy by spending time with her family and helping to look after the older members, “We all live close together”.

In this painting women of the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection are collecting ‘jinti-parnta’ (native truffles) far to the west of Yuendumu at Karnta Karlangu, near to another place called Mina Mina. ‘Jinti-parnta’ appears in the sandhills after the winter rains. The growing truffles force the earth above it to crack, exposing it. Then, women collect it, squeezing out the juice before cooking. Jinti-parnta is prepared by cooking in hot ashes. Ancestral women travelled north through Janyinki and other places, then to the east through to Alcoota country, while collecting ‘jinti-parnta’. They got to Mina Mina, which is a ceremonial place belonging to Japanangka / Japangardi men and Napanangka / Napangardi women. Their associated land continues far to the west of Yuendumu into sand hill country. There are a number of water soakages and a large clay pan at Mina Mina and it is at these sites that the women danced and performed ceremonies. As a result digging sticks rose up out of the ground, which the women carried with them on their long journey east. They danced and sang the whole way with no sleep. The women collected other types of bush tucker such as ‘yakajirri’ (bush sultana). In the paintings of this Dreaming concentric circles are often used to represent the jinti-parnta that the women have collected.
 

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