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Untitled (Maruwanya)

Nyilyari Tjapangati
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
121 x 61.5 cm
Papunya Tula Artists


This painting depicts designs associated with the soakage water site of Maruwanya, a claypan with soakage water, north-west of Lake Mackay. The Two Snake Dreaming travelled through this site. This ancestral story forms part of the Tingari Cycle. 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.

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

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