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Long Maggie Nakamarra White / Women’s Dreaming (1A)

46cm x 46cm Acrylic on Canvas

 

SKU: 3676-09

$350.00 $235.00

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

Long Maggie Nakamarra White, so named because of her tall and slim stature, was born c. 1930 in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290km north-west of Alice Springs. Maggie grew up there with her family. She was widowed at a young age but had one daughter who now lives in Alice Springs with her husband.

She started painting in 1987 at Warlukurlangu Artists. She painted several dreamings including Lukarrara Jukurrpa (Seed Grass Dreaming), Karnta Jukurrpa (Womens Dreaming), Pamapardu Jukurrpa (Flying Ant Dreaming), Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) and Jardiwanpa Jukurrpa (Snake Dreaming).

Maggie used to go hunting with the other women from Yuendumu, visiting her country at Mijirlparnta (Mission Creek), and watching AFL games, both live and on television. Maggie passed away in 2012.

 

This painting depicts Nakamarra and Napurrurla women hunting for bush foods. The ‘kirda’ (owners) for this story are Nakamarra / Napurrurla women and Jakamarra / Jupurrurla men. Yumurrpa and Wapurtali are two major Dreaming sites owned by the Nakamarra / Jakamarra and Napurrurla / Jupurrurla subsections; these sites are also associated with bush food Dreamings. Yumurrpa is a major waterhole to the northwest of Yuendumu and a ‘yarla’ (bush potato) Dreaming site. The area north of Wapurtali / Yintaramurru (Mt. Singleton) is a ‘wanakiji’ (bush tomato) Dreaming site.

Warlpiri women hunt for a number of different bush foods at different times of the year. These include ‘ngarlkirdi’ (witchetty grubs), ‘yunkaranyi’ (honey ants), ‘jintiparnta’ and ‘purlantarri’ (desert truffle), ‘yuparli’ (bush bananas), ‘janmarda’ (bush onions), ‘pirlala’ (bush beans), ‘ngarlajiyi’ (bush carrots), ‘wayipi’ (small bush carrots), and ‘yakajirri’ (bush raisins). Women traditionally dug for these foods using wooden ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks). The end of the digging sticks were charred and ground on a stone surface to create a bevelled edge. Today many Warlpiri women use crowbars (also called ‘karlangu’) to dig for bush foods. Collected bush foods are traditionally carried in ‘parraja’ (coolamons), which can be carried with a strap made from the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine).

In Warlpiri paintings, traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa and other elements. Concentric circles are often used to represent the bush foods that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks). Sinuous lines are often used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine).

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