Josephine Nangala

(Australia circa 1950 – )

Kiwirrkura, Western Desert region
Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region

Tingari women at Ngyila

Not on display
Further information

The 'U' shapes in this painting show a group of Tingari Women sitting beside the rockholes at Ngyila, west of the Kiwirrkura Community. The women later travelled to Ngaru. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

Documentation Card, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, 1996

Place of origin
Kiwirrkurra, East Gibson Desert, Western Australia, Australia
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas
61.0 x 55.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1997
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