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Kelly Napangardi Michaels / Ceremonial Dancing Skirt Dreaming (1A)

61cm x 30cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 2102-10


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


Kelly Napangardi Michaels is a Warlpiri artist who paints for Warlukurlangu Art Centre in the Northern Territory.

Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation of Yuendumu was incorporated in 1986. Warlukurlangu is a not for profit organisation that has more than 600 members, all of whom are Indigenous artists. It is directed by an executive committee of eight men and eight women representing all the ‘skin groups’. It meets regularly to set policy, make decisions about the organisation and direct staff.

Established in 1985 Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% Aboriginal-owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia.

Warlukurlangu Artists is famous for its gloriously colourful acrylic paintings and limited edition prints. The art centre has a national and international profile and its art has been featured in hundreds of exhibitions and publications in Australia and around the world.

Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is named for a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu.



This painting of Majarrdi Jukurrpa (ceremonial dancing skirts) tells the story of an important element in much of Warlpiri ceremonial activity. ‘Majarrdi’ is a hair-string belt or skirt that ‘karnta’ (women) wear for ceremonial dances called Yawulyu. Hair is rolled into a string using a rubbing technique on the thigh and spun onto a stick spindle and then made into a belt or skirt. In the time of the Jukurrpa ancestral hero women of the Napangardi and Napanangka kinship subsections were living at Mina-Mina, far to the west of Yuendumu. The women travelled over their country performing ceremonies and dances wearing their ‘majarrdi’ (ceremonial dancing skirts). This Dreaming belongs to Napangardi / Napanangka women and to Japangardi / Japanangka men. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. In paintings of this Dreaming, ‘W’ shapes are often used to represent the dancing skirts.

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