Kelly Napanangka Michaels

Aboriginal Warlpiri woman

Kelly Napanangka Michaels was born in 1965 and lives in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal settlement located 290 kms north west of Alice Springs. She has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 1987. She paints her Dreaming stories which are directly related to her traditional country, its land, features and animals such as Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming), Marrjadi Jukurrpa (Ceremonial and Hairstring Dreaming) Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming) andYarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming). Kelly loves painting particularly her Mina Mina and Dancing patterns and designs. These patterns and designs depicting her stories have been passed down through her family for millennia.


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