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Title

Collected Stories

2021

Artists

Brenda Napaltjarri

Australia

1958 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

Clara Napurrula

Australia

1958 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

Helen Nampitjinpa

Australia

1959 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

Josephine Napurrula

Australia

1948 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

Katherine Nakamarra

Australia

1968 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

Tatali Napurrula

Australia

1957 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Kintore Women
    Place where the work was made
    Walungurru (Kintore) Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    2021
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on belgian linen
    Dimensions
    183.5 x 244.9 x 2.5cm
    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2021
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    177.2021
    Copyright
    © the artists
    Artist information
    Brenda Napaltjarri

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    1

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    Clara Napurrula

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    1

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    Helen Nampitjinpa

    Works in the collection

    1

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    Josephine Napurrula

    Works in the collection

    3

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    Katherine Nakamarra

    Works in the collection

    1

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    Rosie Nampitjinpa

    Works in the collection

    1

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    Rubilee Napurrula

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    1

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    Tatali Napurrula

    Works in the collection

    1

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  • About

    This collaborative work by eight women from Papunya Tula Artists details a vast area Country in the Western Desert region, and the stories connected to particular sites, especially the travels of female ancestors. At the site of Yilpikarri, the stomach of a heavily pregnant ancestral Mingari (Thonry Devil), who was unable to give birth after a painful and long labour, broke open and her eggs spilled out, becoming the rocky hills in the area. At Tjukurla, ancestral women wearing nyimparra (hair string skirts) gathered for ceremony and to collect mangata (quandong). Closer to Walungurru is Yuwalki, a site the Kungka Kutjarra (Two Travelling Women) passed through, holding ceremonies and gathering kampurarrpa (desert raisins), wangunu (grass seeds) and pura (bush tomatoes). West of Walungurru is Tjintjintjin. Here, there is a large and permanent water source in a cave that was visited by an older ancestral woman on her travels eastward. She was taunted by a group of young boys, some of whom she killed and cooked on a fire. The ancestral woman travelled until she arrived at the site of Kaltarra, where she entered the earth and continued her travels underground.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Walungurru (Kintore)

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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