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Miinypa Jukurrpa

Native Fuchsia Dreaming

by Artist
Andrea Nungarrayi Martin

The dreaming of Miinypa or Yanyilingi (native fushia) is about a Jungarrayi man called Lintpilnti who lived at Ngarlu, which means (red rock) a country to the east of Yuendumu.  Lintipilnti fell in love with a Napangardi woman, a forbidden relationship under Walpiri law, as the woman was his classifactory mother-in-law. 

Linitpilnti fell in love with the Napangardi women when he saw the large hole in the ground she made when she urinated.  Lintipilinti was aroused by this.  He began to wonder how he could woo the Napangardi.  He went to Ngarlu and made hair to string for her, singing as he worked.  The Napangardi woman could not sleep and began to feel sick.  She realised that someone was singing Yilpinji  (love songs)  for her.  A little bird was taking the Jungarrayi’s love songs to her.  The force of the Jungarrayi’s love songs pulled the Napangardi woman to Lintipilnti. 

When the two met again they made but love but they were turned to stone, as their relationship was taboo according to Walpiri religious law. 

The two can still be seen, as two rocks at Ngarlu today.
During the course of these events the women from Ngarlu who gossiped about the wrong skin love union turned into “miinypa” plants with small red flowers that have hone inside them and are delicious to eat, tasting like ice-crea.  Ngarlu is a sacred place where “miinypa” or “yanyirlingi” are still commonly found today.


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