Minyipuru (Seven Sisters)
Artist(s): Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Muni Rita Simpson, Mantararr Rosie Williams
Date created: 2007
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists
Size: 300 x 125 cm
Medium: acrylic on linen
Artwork Story: Sisters Muni, Rosie and Dulcie grew up in the Country depicted in this painting. But it is the story of the Seven Sisters or Minyipuru, one of Martu women’s most important Jukurrpa narratives, which they have described here. In this story, the old man Yurla, who had been pursuing the sisters, captured one of the women at Pangkapini, between wells 35 and 36. The Minyipuru tricked him and rescued her. Poor old fella, he had a rough time. He was trying and trying and trying. The Minyipuru promised to stay with the old man Yurla but, when he returned from collecting wood, they were floating above his head, teasing him. Yurla made a ladder but the sisters pushed it over and laughed at him. When he collapsed, exhausted, they rescued their sister and flew away.
Place of creation: Well 36
Artwork copyright: ©2013 Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Muni Rita Simpson, Mantararr Rosie Williams
Catalogue ID: DRM/55/MM
Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on use
Photographer: Jason McCarthy
Photograph date: 2010-02-18
Photography copyright: National Museum of Australia
Artist(s) biography: Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs born about 1947, died 2011 Manyjilyjarra language group Milangka skin group Punmu and Kunawarritji communities Martumili Artists Dulcie grew up in the country between Kunawarritji and Yimiri. In 1957, after the death of her father at Karlamilyi (Rudall River), the family moved to Jigalong. With her sisters Muni Rita Simpson and Mantararr Rosie Williams, she returned to her Country at Punmu in 1982. She now lives in Kunawarritji with her husband, children and grandchildren. Muni Rita Simpson born about 1941, died 2008 Manyjilyjarra language group Milangka skin group Punmu community Martumili Artists Muni was born at Junpunkinja, close to Kurtararra in the Percival Lakes. She grew up with her sisters, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs and Mantararr Rosie Williams and moved to Jigalong after the death of their father in 1957. Muni and Rosie married two brothers who worked as stockmen on various stations in the Pilbara. They also mined for tin in Marble Bar before moving to Punmu community in the 1980s. Muni was among the first Martu women to begin painting on canvas. Mantararr Rosie Williams born about 1943, died 2012 Manyjilyjarra, Mangala language groups Milangka skin group Punmu community Martumili Artists Rosie was born at Kurupu, near Kurturarra in the Percival Lakes. After her father died at Karlamilyi (Rudall River), Rosie and her sisters, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs and Muni Rita Simpson, met up with some Martu people who told them that their relatives were at Jigalong, and so they moved to the mission. In 1982 Rosie returned to her homelands at Punmu, where she lives today with her children and grandchildren.
Artwork Diagram: minyipuru_various_detail
Accession ID: 20131011_FORM_MIRA_B0044_0048
Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.