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Kawayi Nampitjinpa: untitled


  • No.:RK0277
  • Medium:Acrylic on Linen
  • Size:91 × 91 cm
  • Year:
  • Region:Kintore
  • Art Centre:Papunya Tula Artists
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This painting depicts the rockhole site Pinpirrnga or Desert Bore. This site is surrounded by sandhills on one side and mulga trees on the other and is situated slightly north of Kintore Community.

The story relating to this site concerns two ancestral women who had travelled from the east to the site of Pinpirrnga. The women had walked a long way and were very thirsty when they arrived at Pinpirrnga, only to find that there was no water. The women then sang the songs associated with the site and plunged their nulla nullas (digging sticks) into the ground, which created a large rockhole. The women later removed their nulla nullas from the ground and leid them down, where they then transformed into two smaller rockholes.

While at this site the women also gathered the edible berries known as kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum centrale. These berries can be eaten straight from the bush but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked in the coals form a type of damper. The roundels in this painting represent the kampurarrpa the women collected.

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