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Tatali Nangala

Women’s Ceremony at Kaakuratintja - 1998

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
91.5 x 46.0 cm
Price Realised: $1,830.00

MP #419


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. TN981001
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat No.7204
Lawson Menzies, May 2007, Lot 108
Tjala Aboriginal Arts, NSW
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW


accompanied by a Papunya Tula certificate of authenticity

Tatali Nangala was born west of Kintore and moved into Papunya during the 1960s where she later married Western Desert painting founder Charlie Tararu. She began painting during the women's workshop at Haasts Bluff in 1994 and, alongside Inyuwa Nampitjinpa developed the minimalist style that formed the basis of Pintupi women's art.


This painting depicts designs associated with Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald).

During ancestral times two women visited this site on their travels to Lampintja and Walukaritjina nearby. The women were gathering the edible seeds known as wangunu or woollybutt from the perennial grass Eragrostis eriopoda. These seeds are ground into flour, water added and the resultant thick paste is cooked in hot sand and ashes to form a type of damper.