Biography of Elsie Napanangka Granites
Place of birth: Yuelamu / Mt. Allan (NT) –
Language Group: Warlpiri –
Language area: North-West of Alice Springs
Elsie Napanangka Granites was born in 1959 at Yuendumu, one of the larger desert Aboriginal community roughly 300 kms north west of Alice Springs) on the Tanami Road. Elsie is an artist from Yuendumu and is known for her exceptionally fine dot work and stunning depictions of Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming).
Elsie’s traditional Country is Jayinki, which forms a major part of the identity and cultural content of her paintings. Elsie with her sister’s family, has spent her whole life in Yuendumu and is an active member of the community. She has worked in many of the aboriginal owned and governed organisations including the Women’s Centre, The Old Peoples Program, Womens Night Patrol, and Warlukurlangu Art Centre, where she worked in the preparation of canvases and paint.
Elsie Napanangka Granites began painting in 1987 at Yuendumu and has refined the Dreaming stories that she paints over her career of nearly three decades. The main Jukurrpa or Creation stories that Elsie paints include Mina Mina Jukurrpa and Karnta Jukurrpa, the central Women’s Dreaming stories from this Warlpiri region in the Tanami Desert. Elsie Napanangka Granites also paints Honey Ant Dreaming – Yarrumpi Jukurrpa, and Snake Vine Dreaming – Ngalyipi Jukurrpa.
Elsie Napanangka Granites has three children and many grandchildren. Elsie takes an active role in their lives and ensures the Dreaming stories which she has inherited are passed on to her grandchildren. The importance of culture and identity remains strong in her family.
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