Walangkura Napanangka
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Walangkura Napanangka
This painting depicts designs associated with the lake site Tjukurla. The roundels represent the rockholes at this site. The lines depict the surrounding sandhills. During ancestral times a group of women gathered to perform the dances and sing the songs associated with the area. While at Tjukurla the women spun hair-string with which to make nyimparra (hair-string skirts) which are worn during ceremonies. The women also gathered large quantities of the edible fruit known as pura, (also known in Pintupi as pintalypa) or bush tomato from the small shrub Solanum chippendalei. This fruit is the size of a small apricot, and after the seeds have been removed, can be stored for long periods by halving the fruit and skewering them onto a stick. Upon completion of the ceremonies the women continued their travels north toward a site near Nyirrpi.

USD $2500
The painting shows the area surrounding Papunga, through which the old woman, Kutungka, traveled. She visited the rock holes that are shown as circles and crossed the sand dunes that are shown as lines at the top of the painting. Papunga is west of Mantai Outstation which is approximately 70km west of Kintore, NT.

USD $4750
Walangkura Napanangka's work was included in the seminal "Papuna Tula, Genesis and Genius," Aboriginal exhibition that was featured at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2000. She began painting in 1995 as a participant in the collaborative canvas project, "Minyma Tjukurrpa" between the communities of Kintore and Haasts Bluff. Her bold and vibrant paintings are based upon creation stories and ceremonial sites associated with the Dreamings of her Pintupi country.


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