Karnta manu Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Women and Snake Vine Dreaming) – Purturlu

The country referred to in this painting is Purturlu, near to Mt Theo. The Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snake vine [Tinospora smilacina] Dreaming) has great ceremonial significance to Napanangka and Napangardi women. Ngalyipi is used to make shoulder straps to help carry ‘ngami’ (water carriers) and ‘parraja’ (wooden food carriers). In this painting Napangardi and Napanangka women are collecting the ‘ngalyipi’. These materials and the Ngalyipi Jukurrpa are associated with initiation ceremonies for young Japanangka/Japangardi men. The custodians of the Ngalyipi Jukurrpa are Napanangka/Napangardi women and Japanangka/Japangardi men.