[Extract] The Yolngu word for colour is miny'tji.1 Miny'tji can also be translated as 'pattern'; it can refer to sacred clan designs, but the meaning encompasses designs and patterns of all sorts. Rather than approaching these as distinct or separate definitions, I want to show how Yolngu see colours and patterns as inextricably connected - a point of no small significance in a cultural context where social relations are given shape and meaning by an intricate pattern of connections created by the journeys and activities of Ancestral beings (see Keen 1994; Morphy 1992).
|Title of host publication||Rematerializing Colour|
|Subtitle of host publication||from concept to substance|
|Place of Publication||Canon Pyon, UK|
|Publisher||Sean Kingston Publishing|
|Pages||45 - 65|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|