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Untitled (Wilkinkarra)

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
121 x 152 cm
Papunya Tula Artists


In the Tjukurrpa, two ancestral Tingari men travelled from the soakage water site of Marawa in the west to reach Wilkinkarra. Upon their arrival, they ignited a massive fire to flush out the Malu (Kangaroo) from the surroundings. Eventually, these men ventured underground, continuing their travels towards the east. This story forms an integral part of the broader Tingari cycle, which encompasses secret and sacred knowledge. The Tingari are a group of ancestral beings from the Tjukurrpa, who traversed vast expanses of the country, engaging in rituals and shaping specific sites. Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri honours and upholds the secrecy of these ancestral stories, conveying their significance while respecting the need for limited disclosure.

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

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