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Ngalpingka Simms
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
139 x 136.5 cm
Spinifex Arts Project


Ngalpingka has painted Wayiyul Country associated with the Minyma Tjuta Tjukurpa (Seven Sister’s creation story). This Country is close to Karilywara (Patjarr) in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia. It is where Ngalpingka was born and grew up living a traditional nomadic life with her family. She knows this Country intimately, in both a physical and spiritual sense. Her knowledge of the Country extends to the ancestral beings that created this landscape. Wayiyul is a Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sister’s) area which is a powerful and sacred Western Desert story pertaining to many woman’s groups. The sisters camped at Wayiyul as you can see by the semicircular motifs in the painting and were being followed by Nyiiru the lustful old man who was trying to take one of the women to be his wife, the elder sister. He has been stalking them camping some distance from where they stop and hiding behind his windbreak, poking his head over to take a look. The women are disturbed by his constant pursuing of them and quickly take off to camp away from him. They travel to (roundels are the sites) Karilywara, Miputjara, Tikatika, Wanarn, Yalarra and Blackstone yapu pulka where the sit down and rest. They travel all the way to Docker River and beyond. This is an important and true story from the Tjukurpa. I was a little baby at Wayiyul with my mother.

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

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