Synthetic polymer on Belgian linen
193 x 164 cm
This is a major Spinifex painting by the senior Spinifex women ans is the story surrounding Tjintilkara rockhole. Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters) story runs through and indeed dominates the mythology and landscape in this area. In this story a group of sisters are travelling across and living from the country whilst being pursued by Nyirru, a cheeky old man who is trying to capture one of the young sisters as a wife. Puuya, a seed that the sisters are collecting from a tree prevalent within the area is depicted. In the painting the sisters are shown sitting near rock holes in the area processing Puuya. The seeds are collected, the pods burnt and then hit to break the seeds out and finally it is cooked into a rich and nourishing food. Women carry Puuya on their heads in a Wirra (dish) collecting and processing the seeds in the afternoon and eating it at night in the camp.