Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. NN0603102
Private Collection, SA
Cooee Art, NSW
Accompanied by a Papunya Tula Certificate
This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Ngaminya, just to the south-west of the Kiwirrkura Community in Western Australia. The roundels in this painting depict the rockholes at this site. The adjoining lines depict the tali (sandhills) in the area.
In mythological times a group of ancestral women, represented by the ‘U’ shapes, camped at this site, collecting the edible berries known as Kampurarrpa or desert raisin, that grows on the small shrub Solanum centrale. These berries can be eaten straight form the bush but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked in the coals to form a type of damper. The rocky outcrop is said to have been formed from mounds of these berries.
Upon completion of the ceremonies at Ngaminya the women continued their travels east to Wirrulnga and then onto Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).