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Naomi Kantjuriny, Mona Mitakiki, Tjimpayi Presley

Title
Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa (Seven Sisters story)
Medium
acrylic on linen
Dimensions
122 x 301 cm
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Naomi Kantjuriny, Mona Mitakiki and Tjimpayi Presley paint kapi tjukurla (rock holes) that relate to the Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa. This story involves the Seven Sisters being chased across country by Wati Nyiru (a bad man). The elder sisters protect and teach the younger ones, and keep them from falling for his tricks. Wati Nyiru can change shape into different rock formations and landmarks. These sites remain part of the landscape and are important Anangu ceremonial places.

These three artists were taught to paint by senior artist Kunmanara Katie Kawiny. She has passed away but the younger women carry her story on for future generations.

Tjala Arts, Amata community, 2018