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Nowee Nangala

(Australia circa 1930 – circa 1998)

Language group
Kukatja, Western Desert region
Manakarra (bush tucker) Dreaming at Ngila
Place of origin
KiwirrkurraEast Gibson DesertWestern AustraliaAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas

55.0 x 61.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1997
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (1)

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