Kayi Kayi Nampitjinpa

Ngaripungkunya Dreaming #602

Acrylic on canvas
122 x 61 cm
(48 x 24 in)

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This painting depicts designs associated with the swamp and rockhole site of Ngaripungkunya, west of the Kiwirrkura Community. In ancestral times a large group of women camped at this site before travelling east, passing through Kiwirrkura, and then north-east to Tarkul and Lake Mackay. The rockholes at this site are depicted by the roundels in this painting. The lines represent tali (sand hills).

While at Ngaripungkunya the women 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.

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