Nanyuma Napangati

Untitled (Wirrulnga)

Acrylic on canvas
182 x 212 cm
(71.7 x 83.5 in)


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This painting relates to the site of Marrapinti, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia.In the Dreamtime (Tjukurrpa), a large group of women camped at this rockhole before continuing their travels further east, passing through Wala Wala, Kiwirrkura and Ngaminya.While at Marrapinti, the women made the nose bones also known as Marrapinti, which are worn through a hole made in the nose web. These nose bones were originally used by both men and women but are now only inserted by the older generation on ceremonial occasions. As the women continued their travels towards the east they gathered the edible berries known as Kumparapara or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum Centrale. These edible berries can be eaten directly from the plant but are sometimes ground into a paste and coked on charcoal as a type of damper.

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