Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snake Vine Dreaming)- Purturlu

The country shown in this painting is Purturlu (Mt. Theo) area. Ngalyipi (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina]) is often represented in contemporary Warlpiri paintings by curved lines and has great ceremonial significance for Warlpiri. Napanangka/Napangardi women and Japanangka/Japangardi men 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 the Napangardi and Napanangka women are collecting ‘ngalyipi’. The Ngalyipi Jukurrpa is associated with initiation ceremonies for young Japanangka and Japangardi men.