George Tjungurrayi


acrylic on linen
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This painting depicts designs associated with the water site at Tjulurulnga, west of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. During ancestral times, two ngangkari (Aboriginal healers) camped at this site and held ceremonies while they were there. One of them also performed healing techniques on the other who was sick in the stomach. Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature, no further detail can be given.

Generally the Tingari are a group of ancestral beings of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the countryside performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. Their adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles.

- George Tjungurrayi, 2014