9. Paddy Print
By Paddy Japaljarri Stewart
29 x 21 cm
Munga Jukurrpa (Night Sky Dreaming)
The specific area depicted in this pain ng is Yanjilypiri. Yanjirlpiri, literally meaning a star, is the name of a group of hills west of Yuendumu, the country referred to in this pain ng. Yanjilpiri is associated with the initiation ceremonies of Japaljarri and Jungarrayi men. From Yanjilpiri the men travelled west as far as Lapilapi on the edge of Warlpiri country. During the initiation ceremonies, men danced with spears and with the foliage of River Red Gums bound to their legs by Ngalyipi (snake vine). These are known as wi and are represented in this work by long straight lines. The stars underneath which the initiates dance are shown as white circles. The Dreaming belongs to Japaljarri /Jungarrayi moiety.