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Untitled (Ngurru)

Raymond Tjapaltjarri
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
121.5 x 107.5 cm
Papunya Tula Artists


This painting depicts designs associated with the site of Ngarru, west of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. In ancestral times a large group of Tingari men camped at this site on their journey east to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). A Wayuta (Possum) ancestor and Kuningka (Western Quoll) also passed through this site. Upon completion of the ceremonies they performed at Ngarru, the men continued their travels north-east passing through Marawa, Pinari and eventually onto Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given. Generally, the Tingari are a group of ancestral beings of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the Country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari men were usually followed by Tingari women and were accompanied by novices, and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These ancestral stories form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

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