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Title

Manakarra (bush tucker) Dreaming at Ngila


Artist

Nowee Nangala

Australia

circa 1930 - circa 1998

Language group

Kukatja, Western Desert region


About

This painting depicts designs associated with the Manakarra (bush tucker) Dreaming at Ngila, far to the west of the Kiwirrkura Community. This mythology forms part of the secret Tingari Cycle. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari Men were usually followed by the Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

Documenation Card, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, 1996


Details


Date

1996


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas


Dimensions

55.0 x 61.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1997


Location

Not on display


Accession number

77.1997


Artist information

Nowee Nangala

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Papunya Women, Utopia Art Sydney, Waterloo, 16 Nov 1996–14 Dec 1996


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Vivien Johnson, Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists, 'Nawi Nangala', pg. 294, Northern Territory, 2008, 294 (colour illus.).