Milpirri Banner Project 2012

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Lajamanu, North Tanami Desert, NT

As part of the first Milpirri performance in 2005 the idea of painting a series of large-scale paintings as a backdrop to the performance arose. The concept was to collect a dreaming design for each family group in Lajamanu. The paintings or banners would then act as a kind of coat of arms symbolising the importance of everyone placed within Milpirri. Designs for sixteen banners were collected and painted that year. In Milpirri 2012 a further eleven designs were added.

The way the banners are painted originates from a 1989 Visual Arts Residency in the community where Freddy Jangala Patrick and Tim Newth collaborated. They developed a style which can be see on the 1989 water tank mural and in 1994 it was again utilised to create backdrops for the performance Lajamanu Kurra Karna Yani.

“Mural three on the small water tank beside the Wulaign out-station resource centre came out of the old men standing around watching the women paint, making sure they got it right. So on the Wednesday morning there was much talk followed by me being asked if I had a car. One man took me that morning to see trees, tracks, water holes; it is to here that the young people who are being born belong, their dreaming places. On our return, later that day there was some heated discussion on who should paint …

In the end, the old ‘Jangala’ decided he and I should paint and so that is what is happening, and although I don’t know what it means in the context of the world for me to be painting, the experience is one of the most rewarding so far, with each brush-stroke containing layers of meaning.” Notes from Tim Newth s Diary

Also see Milpirri 2005, Milpirri 2007, Milpirri 2009, Milpirri Showing,  Milpirri 2012, Milpirri Banner Project

Creative Personal

Banner Designs: Joe Japanangka James, Jerry Jangala Patrick, Teddy Jupurrula Morrison, Myra Nungarrayi Herbert, Gladys Napangardi Kelly, Tim Jupurrula Kennedy, Peter Japanangka Dixon, Lindsay Jungarrayi Herbert, Leslie Jampijinpa Robertson, Norman Jampijinpa Kelly, Dick Japaljarri Raymond, Jacko Jakamarra Gordon, Thomas Jangala Sampson, Marcus (Paku Paku) Lawson, Victor Jupurrula Simons, Robin Lawson, Molly Napurrurla Tasman, Rosie Napurrurla Tasman, Biddy Nungarrayi Long Anderson, Judy Napangardi Martin, Liddy Nampijinpa Miller

Painted by: Tim Newth, David McMicken, (Lance) Alan Box (2005) and many members of the Milpirri team and Lajamanu community

Milpirri Creative Director: Steve Wanta Jampijinpa Patrick
Milpirri Artistic Directors: Tim Newth, David McMicken

Producer: Susan Congreve

Banners

(See Photos)

Jupurrula Jakamarra Napurrurla Nakamarra (Red Group)

KULUKUKU
Place:
Drawn By: Tim Jupurrula Kennedy (dec), or Jacko Jakamarra Gordon
Date drawn: 2005
Family: Rennie
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

WAMPANA (Spectacled Hare Wallaby)
Place:
Drawn By: Teddy Jupurrula Morrison
Date drawn: 2005
Family: Morrison, Patterson, White
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

WARNA - WARRIPIRRAPIRRA
Place:
Drawn By: Bardi Bardi (Henry Jakamarra Cook)
Date drawn: September 2012
Family: Stephenson
Kirda: AJ’s wife
Kurdungurlu: Gladys Napangardi Tasman

WIRNTIKI (Bush Stone Curlew)
Place:
Drawn By: Tim Jupurrula Kennedy (dec), or Jacko Jakamarra Gordon
Date drawn: 2005
Family: Daniels, Rockman, Timms, Hudson
Kirda: Rockman family
Kurdungurlu: Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves

WARINGARRI (Owl)
Place:
Drawn By: Tim Jupurrula Kennedy (dec)
Date drawn: 2005
Family:
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

PAKU PAKU (Bell Bird)
[Woman’s one. Bird takes off. Came from Katiji Country then flew and it blew through Pirli Nyanu soakage and drank. Then  into Yumurrpa, looking for people]
Jupurrula Jakamarra Napurrula Nakamarra (Red Group)
Place: Katiji?
Drawn By: Nambiya Judy Napangardi Martin
Date drawn: September 2012
Family: Kennedy, Lawson
Kirda: Ronnie Lawson
Kurdungurlu:

YALA (from the West)
[long white one like a carrot in shape]
Jupurrula Jakamarra Napurrula Nakamarra (Red Group)
Place:
Drawn By: Bardi Bardi (Henry Jakamarra Cook)
Date drawn: September 2012
Family: Cook, Lewis, Walker
Kirda: Bardi Bardi (Henry Jakamarra Cook)
Kurdungurlu: Wanganpa

WAPAKALINGKIYI (Witchetty grub)
Place:
Drawn By: Molly and Rosie Napurrula Tasman
Date drawn: September 2012
Family: Samuels, Luther
Kirda: Molly and Rosie Napurrula Tasman
Kurdungurlu: Gladys Napangardi Tasman

JANGANPA (Brush Tailed Possum)
[one went to three places, big mob came back fighting]
Jupurrula Jakamarra Napurrurla Nakamarra (Red Group)
Place: Yartalu Yartalu (the Granites)
Drawn By: Victor Jupurrula Simons
Date drawn: September 2012
Family: Cook
Kirda: Bardi Bardi (Henry Jakamarra Cook)
Kurdungurlu: Victor Jupurrula Simons, Wanganpa

Japaljarri Jungarrayi Napaljarri Nungarrayi (Yellow Group)

YARRPUYUNGULU
Place: Yaturlu
[from top: Yanurni, Mikijangu, Ngaya, Walyangkarna, Yaturlu
Drawn By: Bardi Bardi Henry Jakamarra Cook
Date drawn:
Family:
Kirda: Herbert Family
Kurdungurlu: Gordon family (WA), Claris, Steve Jampijinpa Patrick, Ross Family

NGATIJIRRI (Green Grass Parrot - Budgerigar)
[Flew from Yinapaka, past Nyulkurlku, stoped by tree near Tanamai mine, flew on and dropped feathers, flew on to another tree and stopped to look around, took off and flew one way, then turned around and flew all the way back to Yinapaka]
Place: Yinapaka (and elsewhere
Drawn By: Myra Nungarrayi Herbert
Date drawn: September 2012
Family: Herbert. (Previously Ryder (Older Brother) but the other brother changed name to Herbert. There is still a Ryder alive.)
Kirda: Myra Nungarrayi Herbert
Kurdungurlu: Steve Jampijinpa Patrick

NGATIJIRRI
Place:
Drawn By: Myra Nungarrayi Herbert
Date drawn: 2005
Family: MacDonald, Barnes, Herbert, Rose
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

KULUNGALINPA (Duck Pond)
Place: Kulungalinpa
Drawn By: Myra Nungarrayi Patrick
Date drawn: 2005
Family:
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

WARNA - JUDIYA
Place:
Drawn By: Lindsay Jungarrayi Herbert
Date drawn:
Family:
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

MALA
Place: Jila Well
Drawn By: Dick Japaljarri Raymond
Date drawn: 2005
Family: Payton, Raymond
Kirda: Dick Raymond, Richard (Kumanjayi Payton
Kurdungurlu: Teddy Jupurrula, Leslie Robertson, Victor Simon

Japangardi Japanangka Napangardi Napanangka (Green Group)

MINA MINA
Place: Mina Mina
Drawn By: Joe Japanangka James
Date drawn: 2005
Family: Dixon?
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

KANTA (Bush Coconut or Bloodwood Apple)
Place: Mina Mina
Drawn By: Joe Japanangka James
Date drawn: 2005
Family: Dixon?
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

WADAPI (Goanna)
Place:
Drawn By: Peter Japanangka Dixon?
Date drawn: 2005
Family:
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

YALA (Yam)
Place:
Drawn By: Gladys Napangardi Tasman
Date drawn: 2005
Family:
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

MAMINGIRRI (Two Devils)
Place:
Drawn By: (original drawing Victor Simons, then Henry cook)
Final design Drawn by Jerry Jangala Patrick
Date drawn: September2012
Family: Tasman
Kirda: Gladys Napangardi Tasman, Tagos Tasman (Richard Kumanjayi)
Kurdungurlu: Jerry Jangala Patrick

Jangala Jampijinpa Nangala Nampijinpa (Blue Group)

WARLU KURLANGU
Place: Mongrel Downs
Drawn By: Bardi Bardi (Henry Jakamarra Cook), and Jerry Jangala PAtrick
Date drawn: September 2012
Family: Kelly
Kirda: Henry Burns and Sons
Kurdungurlu: Silvia, Sean, Lillian Johnson

PIRLIMJARNU
Place:
Drawn By: Thomas Jangala Sampson?
Date drawn: 2005
Family:
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

MIYI -  KANGA NGAPA
Place:
Drawn By: Leslie Jampijinpa Robertson?
Date drawn: 2005
Family:
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

KURLPURLURNU
Place: Kurlpurlurnu
Drawn By: Jerry Jangala Patrick
Date drawn: 2005
Family:
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

WATIYA WARNU
Place: Near Puyurru
Drawn By: Biddy Nungarrayi Long Anderson
Date drawn: September 2012
Family: Robertson
Kirda: Liddy Nampijinpa Miller
Kurdungurlu: Gladys Napangardi Tasman, JudyWalker

JANGANPA (Possum)
Place: Janga-kulangu (Willowra Side)
Drawn By: Bardi Bardi (Henry Jakamarra Cook)
Date drawn: September 2012
Family: Cook
Kirda: Bardi Bardi (Henry Jakamarra Cook)
Kurdungurlu: Wangapa

MIYI
Place:
Drawn By: Norman Jampijinpa Kelly?
Date drawn: 2005
Family:
Kirda:
Kurdungurlu:

Milpirri Governing Body: Geoffrey Jungarrayi Barnes, Roger Japaljarri Jurrah, Stephen Japanangka Dixon, Minawara (Steven) Jupurrula Morton, Steven Wanta Jampijinpa Patrick, Peter Jangala Jigili, Lynette Napangardi Tasman, Noressa Napurrurla White, Doris Nakamarra Lewis, Laura Nakamarra Lewis, Annette Nampijinpa Patrick

Thank You

Rob Chapman - Governance Project Coordinator, Central Land Council, Michael and staff -Lajamanu Shire workshop, Louisa and staff - Warnayaka Arts Centre, Richard - school workshop, Jim and staff - Lajamanu Progress Association

Sponsors

Lajamanu Progress Aboriginal Corporation

Funding Bodies

Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

Tracks 2012

Artistic Co Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Susan Congreve
Administrator: Gail Evans
Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
Dance Animateur: Jessica Devereux
Bookkeeper: Heather Van Anholt
Committee Members: (Chair) David Taylor, (Vice-Chair) Jill MacAndrew, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Michael Grant, (Ordinary Committee Members) Ken Conway, Nick Papandonakis, Stephanie Cvirn, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth

Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki

Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

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Further Reading

A short history of the long-term relationship between Lajamanu and Tracks Dance Company

Participants Response

"I learnt about traditional dancing from the female elders, and about my culture from my grandfather while we were painting and talking about the blue banners. I enjoyed dancing and doing the paintings because it made me feel proud of myself and my father and grandfather."

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