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Ngura Pilti

Matjangka (Nyukana) Norris
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
282.5 x 288 cm
Kaltjiti Arts


Ngura Pilti. The Country is very dry, ‘ukuri wiya’ – no green grass and ‘mina wiya’ – no water. Kamula (camels), rabitah (rabbits), malu (kangaroo), donkeys, all the animals went to the waterhole looking for water, but there was none so they went away again. Tjukutji underground soak in the creek, there was a little water. The family went for dog skins, trapping, near Tjilpil and Alukumpa. Matjangka was a little girl, running around ‘nikiti’, no clothes. There was a big drought, there is no rain coming.

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.


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