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23-1045 – Pauline Williams

$505.00

Pauline Williams

46 x 61 cm: acrylic on canvas
Year: 2023
23-1045

Minyipuru (Jakulyukulyu, Seven Sisters)

“I paint the Seven Sisters stories for around Kunawarritji. The sisters came from Roebourne, and they was travelling to Northern Territory side. There was a man trying to get the women- Yurla. He was following them. All them womens [sic] was scared. They been fly to the sky and you’ll see all the seven stars there. You’ll see them sometimes early hours of the morning. Sometimes they make a kumpu (urinate) early in the morning, that’s why you get wet [laughs].”

– Pauline Williams

 

The term Jukurrpa is often translated in English as the ‘dreaming’, or ‘dreamtime’. It refers generally to the period in which the world was created by ancestral beings, who assumed both human and nonhuman forms. These beings shaped what had been a formless landscape; creating waters, plants, animals, and people. At the same time they provided cultural protocols for the people they created, as well as rules for interacting with the natural environment. At their journey’s end, the ancestral beings transformed themselves into important waters, hills, rocks, and even constellations. 

Minyipuru, or Jakulyukulyu (Seven Sisters) is a central Jukurrpa narrative for Martu, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people that is associated with the seasonal Pleiades star constellation. Relayed in song, dance, stories and paintings, Minyipuru serves as a creation narrative, a source of information relating to the physical properties of the land, and an embodiment of Aboriginal cultural laws. When Martumili Artists was established in 2005, this was the first Jukurrpa story the artists agreed to paint for a broader public. 

Beginning in Roebourne on the west coast of Western Australia, the story morphs in its movement eastward across the land, following a group of women as they walk, dance, and even fly from waterhole to waterhole. As they travel the women camp, sing, wash, dance and gather food, leaving markers in the landscape and creating landforms that remain to this day, such as groupings of rocks and trees, grinding stones and seeds. During the entirety of their journey the women are pursued by a lustful old man, Yurla, although interactions with other animals, groups of men, and spirit beings are also chronicled.

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