Painting Dancing Boards and Clap-Sticks

The 2018 Milpirri performance themes focus on artefacts. Tracks has collaborated with the Lajamanu Warnayaka Arts Centre towards making sets of boomerangs for the men and clap-sticks and dancing boards for the women.

Twenty four women were active throughout the early part of 2018 in painting their sixteen sets of Milpirri artefact props which they will dance with in this year's Milpirri - Jurntu performance. They were supervised through the process by established Lajamanu artists and were inspired by the Milpirri banners. 

To read more about the Milpirri Banner designs that have been painted on the props, search through the Milpirri Banners archives. The banners are like a coat of arms to the Warlpiri people of Lajamanu.

Female Painters:
Mercia Napurrurla Lewis, Miranda Napurrurla Cooke, Felicia Napurrurla Lawson, Natalie Napurrurla Ross, Clarise Napaljarri Mcdonald, Sylvannia Nungarrayi Spencer, Erlinda Napaljarri Mcdonald, Valentine Napaljarri Mcdonald, Deandra Napanangka Burns, Gwenyth Napanangka Tasman, Lyndal Napangardi Dixon, Narlita Napanangka Robbo, Zindzi Nampijinpa Jigili, Tegan Nangala Patrick, Charlene Nangala Hargraves and Matrina Nangala Robertson

Supervising Female Elders:
Sonya Napaljarri Cooke, Elizabeth Nungarrayi Ross, Elma Nungarrayi McDonald, Myra Nungarrayi Herbert, Biddy Nungarrayi Long, Biddy Napanangka Timms, Judy Napangardi Martin and Nancy Nangala Watson

Thanks to Anna Spencer, Ralphie Japangardi Dixon, Gerald Jampijinpa Watson and Louisa Erglis from Warnayaka Arts Centre and the artefact prop carvers from the Barkly region, particularly Joseph Williams.