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Tjunkaya Tapaya

Kungkarangkalpa - 2010

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen
170.0 x 100.0 cm
EST. $2,000 - $3,000



Ernabella Arts, SA
accompanied by a certificate Cat. No.. 195-10 TT
Alcaston Gallery, VIC
Private Collection, ACT



Ernabella Artists, Ara Irititja manu ara kuwaritja Ernabella-la. Old days and New Days in Ernabella, 19th October - 5 November 2010, Alcaston Gallery, VIC

Kungkarangkolpa means the Seven Sisters, which is an extensive creation story relating to the Pleiades constellation. The story traverses Australia taking different forms, but local women are privy to the part of the story which takes place in the country near Ernabella. In this part, the sisters are being chased by the man Wati Nyiru who wants to sleep with the oldest sister, but whom all the younger sisters are deeply afraid of. As Wati Nyiru is chasing the sisters he tries to catch them by using magic to turn into the most tempting bush tomatoes for the sisters to eat and the most beautiful ili (fig) tree for them to camp under. However, the sisters are knowledgeable of his magic and go hungry and run through the night rather than be caught by him. Eventually the sisters fly into the sky to escape Wati Nyiru where they turn into stars and form a constellation.