Manakarra (bush tucker) Dreaming at Ngila
circa 1930 – circa 1998
Language group: Kukatja, Western Desert region
- Place where the work was made
East Gibson Desert
- 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
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Estate of Nowee Nangala/Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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
Shown in 1 exhibition
Papunya Women, Utopia Art Sydney Pty Ltd, Alexandria, 16 Nov 1996–14 Dec 1996
Referenced in 1 publication
Vivien Johnson, Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists, 'Nawi Nangala', pg. 294, Northern Territory, 2008, 294 (colour illus.).