Yukultji Napangati


acrylic on linen
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The lines in this painting represent the sand hills at Marrapinti, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. A large group of ancestral women camped at this rock hole before continuing their travels east. While at the site they made nose bones, also known as marrapinti, which are worn through a hole made in the nose. These were originally used by both men and women but are now only inserted by the older generation on ceremonial occasions.

As the women continued on their travels, they gathered edible berries known as kampurarrpa, or desert raisin, from the small shrub Solanum centrale.

- Yukultji Napangati, 2014