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Christine Napanangka Michaels / Hair-string Belt Dreaming (1A)

61cm x 46cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 553-12ny


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

Christine Napanangka Michaels was born in 1981 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Nyirripi, a remote Aboriginal community 450km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. Her mother is Alice Nampijinpa Henwood Michaels. She grew up in Nyirripi with her mum and dad, her Aunty Mary Anne Michaels, her sister Kelly and her brother Chris, all artists working with Warlukurlangu Artists. Her father has since passed away.

Christine went to Kormilda College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Darwin. She returned to Nyirripi when she finished school. She then spent some time at Hassell Creek, near Emu Bore outstation, a further 15km west of Nyirripi, learning how to dig for bush tucker from her parents. In 1995 she met and married Ambrose Wilson. They have four children, three sons and one daughter. They live in Yuendumu but visit Nyirripi often to see family. Christine also has family living in Kintore and Warburton, where her father’s family live.

Christine has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation in Yuendumu since 2006. As a young girl she watched Alice paint. She now paints alone and likes painting as it gives her a sense of self.  She paints her Aunty’s Jukurrpa stories, especially Majarrdi Jukurrpa (Ceremonial Dancing Skirt Dreaming) which tells the story of an important element in much of Warlpiri ceremonial activity. She likes to use bright colours to depict this particular Jukurrpa as this dreaming is colourful and joyful.

When she’s not working, looking after children or painting she likes to go out with friends digging for bush tucker.

This painting is of the Majardi Jukurrpa (hair-string belt or tassel Dreaming). Majardi is a belt or tassel made of ‘purdurru’ (spun hair or fur) worn during traditional ceremonies. Human hair (and sometimes the fur from wallabies or possums) is rolled on the thigh and then spun using a ‘wirinkirri’ (stick spindle). The string is then incorporated into a skirt or pubic tassel that is worn by men or women while dancing during ceremonies. In the time of the Jukurrpa, ancestral hero women of the Napangardi and Napanangka kinship subsections were living at Mina-Mina, a site of great religious significance far to the west of Yuendumu. The women travelled over their country performing ceremonies and dances wearing their ‘majardi’. This Dreaming belongs to the women of the Napangardi/Napanangka subsections and to their classificatory brothers, the Japangardi/Japanangka men.

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