Elsie Napanangka Granites
Born: Yuendumu, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Warlpiri
COMMUNITY: Yuendumu, NT
Elsie is an artist from Yuendumu (a community roughly 300 kms north west of Alice Springs) and is known for her exceptionally fine dot work and stunning depictions of Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming).
The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled to the east gathering food, collecting 'ngalyipi' (snake vine [Tinospora smilacina]) and performing ceremonies as they travelled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where 'karlangu' (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these implements the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their journey took them far to the east beyond the boundaries of Warlpiri country. The 'ngalyipi' vine grows up the trunks and limbs of the 'kurrkara' (desert oak [Allocasuarina decaisneana]) trees. 'Ngalyipi' is a sacred vine to Napangardi and Napanangka women that has many uses. It can be used as a ceremonial wrap, as a strap to carry 'parrajas' (wooden bowls) that are laden with bush tucker and as a tourniquet for headaches.
Biography Courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation