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Nyanyuma Napangardi

Tingari Dreaming Cycle - 2003

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
51.0 x 102.0 cm
Price Realised: $1,830.00

MP #754


Yanda Art, NT Cat. No. NY200329
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 9895
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic

accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings and photos of the artist painting the artwork

Nanyuma Napangati is a Pintupi senior law woman (born c.1944 in Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia) and depicts designs associated with women's ceremonies. In this work the site depicted is part of the Tingari songline.


The Tingari Cycle is a secret song cycle sacred to initiated men and women. The Tingari are Dreamtime beings who travelled across the landscape performing ceremonies to create and shape the country. They gathered at these sites for Maliera (initiation) ceremonies. The sites take the form of, and are located at, significant rockholes, sand hills, sacred mountains and water soakages in the Western Desert. Tingari may be poetically interpreted as song-line paintings relating to the songs of the people and creation stories of places in Pintupi mythology.

In 1999, Nanyuma was one of the artists involved in the Kiwirrkurra women's painting project, which culminated in the first auction to raise money for the Renal Dialysis Unit at Kintore, an Aboriginal Community in the Western Desert.