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Walangkura Napanangka

Tjukurla - 2006

synthetic polymer paint on Belgium linen
121 x 152 cm
Price Realised: $9,028.00

MP #607


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. WN0601082
Private Collection, NSW

Walangkura Napanangka (Uta Uta Tjangala's widow) was born beside a rockhole near where the Tjukurla community was later established. As a young woman, she travelled with her large family in the country between Punkilpirri near Docker River and Walukirritji rockhole on the south-western side of Lake MacDonald. When she was in her early teens, her family was met by a welfare patrol – among them Nosepeg Tjupurrula – and were invited to travel with other Pintupi people to the Haasts Bluff settlement. She later moved to Papunya to live with her husband Uta Uta Tjangala, who was one of the original shareholders of Papunya Tula Artists. She is the daughter of Inyuwa Nampitjinpa and the sister of Pirrmangka Napanangka, who both painted for Papunya Tula Artists.

This painting depicts the designs associated with the lake site of Tjukurla in Western Australia. The roundels in this work represent the rockholes at this site. The lines depict the surrounding sandhills.

According to the creation myth, a group of ancestral women gathered at this site to perform dances and sing. While at Tjukurla, the women spun hairstring to make nyimparra (hair string skirts), which are worn during ceremonies. The women also gathered large quantities of edible fruit known as pura, or bush tomato, from the small shrub Solanum chippendalei. This fruit is the size of a small apricot. After the seeds have been removed, they can be stored for long periods by halving the fruit and skewering them onto a stick. Upon completion of the ceremonies, the women continued their travels north, toward the rockhole site of Illpilli and then on to a site near Nyirrpi.