We grew her up

Glowczewski (Nungarrayi), Barbara (2013) We grew her up. In: Louw, Gretta, (ed.) Warnayaka Art Centre: life in the digital desert. Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation, Lajamanu, NT, Australia, pp. 29-31.

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[Extract] Lajamanu 1979. Agnes Donnelly Napanangka pointed with her lips to a group of women seated in the distance. She whispered, "Business. They are the businesswomen ... like Liddy Nungarrayi, your sister." Their chests were naked and they were chanting. Some were rubbing white, red or yellow rocks on a stone. Pouring a few drops of cooking oil onto the powder, they dipped their fingers in the paste and used it to paint on wooden boards. A few feet away three painted sticks, each about a metre long, were stuck in the ground, spaced approximately two metres apart and connected with red ropes. A small, bright-eyed old woman drew me by the hand and rubbed my palm on each pole where the ropes, made of twisted hair, were fastened and topped with white feathers. My hand became tinged with red ochre and the old woman, delighted, repeated several times, "Jukurrpa, jukurrpa ... "

All I had read in France about Jukurrpa (Ojugurba, Tjukurrpa), the Dreaming, had fascinated me. Why do Aboriginal people call their mythical ancestors and travelling trails "Dreamings"? This was the central topic of my PhD. The singers now placed their fingers, covered with ochre, on the chests and shoulders of their neighbours to draw patterns of circles, semi-circles and lines. Some used little sticks to outline the thick marks with finer lines, alternating red and white, or sometimes yellow, until the whole breast was covered.

Item ID: 32520
Item Type: Book Chapter (Non-Research)
ISBN: 978-0-646-90318-7
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 05:24
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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