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Elaine (Yarangka) Thomas, Estelle Hogan, Kathleen Donnegan, Lois Pennington, Myrtle Pennington, Ngal: Minyma Tjuta - Seven Sisters 2015


  • No.:RK1237
  • Medium:Acrylic on Linen
  • Size:200 × 230 cm
  • Year:2015
  • Region:Spinifex Country
  • Art Centre:Spinifex Arts Project
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This major painting of the Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters) Tjukurpa has been painted by six senior traditional owners Ngalpingka Simms, Kanta Donnegan, Myrtle Pennington, Lois Pennington, Estelle Hogan and Yarangka Thomas. The Spinifex women have combined to paint the ever-present Minyma Tjuta (many women also known as Kungkarangkalpa), who travel through vast area of land incorporating many sites within the Spinifex area and leaving behind their trace in the form of significant geographical features. In this work Ngalpingka Simms has painted the women inside a shelter at Wayiyul. Wayiyul is a Seven Sisters site to the north of Spinifex in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. The ancestral journeys of Minyma Tjuta (drawn here as u shapes) cross from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands into Spinifex country then down to Cundeelee and across into South Australia. Wati Nyiru (the lustful man) is also present here as he pursues the sisters across the landscape in search of awife.

The women also infer their own birthplaces within this area, some of which has been visited by the Minyma Tjuta on their way across the Western Desert. The Minyma Tjuta can be seen in the night sky in the summertime represented by the constellation Pleiades.

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