Bobby West Tjupurrula

(Australia 1958 – )

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

Tingari sites around Kiwirrkura

Not on display
Further information

The art centre documentation for this work states: This painting depicts a series of important ceremonial sites in the area around Kiwirrkura and along the southern side of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). These sites include Ngamurru, Tingaritjarra, Tjutalpi, Wilkinkarra, Tarkul and Malparringya. All these sites have a water source either in the form of a rockhole or soakage. This painting is essentially a Tingari map of the mentioned sites and dominant land features in the area. All these sites were visited by the Tingari people who moved through the area after travelling from the west. 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 youth today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

Place of origin
Kiwirrkurra, East Gibson Desert, Western Australia, Australia
Cultural origin
Pintupi, Western Desert region
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
183.0 x 153.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2016
Accession number
© Bobby West Tjupurrula. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd