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Pitu (Separation Well)

Ngamaru Bidu
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
59 x 46 cm
Martumili Artists


“Pitu, soak, big one. Water there all the time. Pitu, the place for our whole family. [As a young girl] I walked around and went east back to my dad’s area, to Pitu and Kulilu, Nakaly and Kunapila. Then I was a teenager. My country is Pitu and Nakaly, that’s my country. This man here, he came through here in the Dreamtime, walking right up through here and then he flew. Other one, a man and a woman, coming behind him, following him right up through here and then finish, I don’t know where they’ve gone. There is one more woman, going across here. Those three people walked through this country and disappeared when they flew somewhere. They went forever. That was in the Dreamtime when they were walking around.”” Ngamaru Bidu, as translated by Ngalangka Nola Taylor”

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