Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snake Vine Dreaming) – Purturlu

The country shown in this painting is Purturlu (Mt Theo) area. Ngalyipi (Snake Vine, Tinospora smilacina) is here represented by the curved lines and has great ceremonial significance for Warlpiri. Napanangka and Napangardi women are the custodians for the Ngalyipi Jukurrpa at this site. Ngalyipi is used to make shoulder straps to help carry Ngami (water carriers) and Parraja (wooden food carriers). In this painting all the Napangardi and Napanangka women are collecting the Ngalyipi. These materials and the Ngalyipi Jukurrpa are associated with initiation ceremonies for young Japanangka and Japangardi men.