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Antara in South Australia is an extremely important site for Ngupulya Pumani and her family. Antara is her mother’s country. This place and its significant maku (witchetty grub) tjukurpa were a constant in the paintings of her mother, the late Kunmanara (Milatjari) Pumani. Today, Ngupulya and her younger sister Betty Kuntiwa Pumani are proud custodians of this country; they map its significance and hold its stories strong in their paintings.
Ngupulya says: ‘Antara is my mother’s country. She taught me the stories and showed me the places, like one special rock hole where women would have inma (ceremony). Now I remember her when I paint Antara.’
Mimili Maku Arts, 2017