Dog Dreaming & Minna Minna, 2022


  • 182.9cm x 81.3cm
  • 2022
  • Acrylic On Linen
  • Catalog No: 2247-319-22

This painting tells of to dreamings in two separate panels.
The panel in which the pawprints are found depicts Jeanie’s Grandfathers’ Dog Dreaming story. Jeanie’s Grandfather was born in the bush under a gum tree in the country south of Yagga Yagga in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia. He walked with his daughter Sarah Daniels, a well known painter for Warlayirti and Jeanie’s mother, to Yuendumu and much later passed this story on to her daughters.
The two small U shapes with single lines in front of them symbolise the impression of a backside in the sand with outstretched legs in front. These seated figures represent brothers from the skin group Tjungurrai sitting around near some rocks (depicted by the circles). The two brothers were singing out for the big dog saying “We got to go!”, wanting it to follow. The dog replied it was not going anywhere and started drinking water from the waterhole (the blue oval shape). The men then speared it while it was drinking and chased it round and round into the cave (the large U shape). The lines around the cave depict spears used to kill the big dog.
In the second panel Jeanie recounts learning from her grandmother and mother about how to make shoes on her grandmothers country; Minna Minna, East of Yagga Yagga. 
Our family used to make shoes in the olden times. We would make the fire put sticks in the coals to make strings for the shoes. Then we would spread out and travel to places like Lajamau, Yeundamu Nylpi eating malu (Kangaroo) and bushtucker along the way. This happened when i was a little baby.
The U shapes depict people sitting around, with a digging stick and a coolomun full of branches each. The kaleidoscope of colours and shapes in the centre of the painting represent fire and all of the plants that they used to collect to cook up on that fire. Jeanie learnt from her mother, who learnt from her grandmother, how to cook the sticks until their skin drys and peels off. Then they would turn the bark into string for the shoes.