acrylic on linen
91 x 107 cm
Community stock number: NN1903110
Papunya Tula Artists Pty Limited, NT
This painting depicts designs associated with women’s ceremonies at the rockhole and soakage water site of Ngaminya, just to the south-west of the Kiwirrkura Community in Western Australia. During ancestral times a large group of women gathered at the site to perform the dances and sing the songs associated with the area. While in the area 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 to form a type of damper. Upon completion of the ceremonies at Ngaminya the women continued their travels east to Wirrulnga and then on to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). The rocky outcrops at Ngaminya are said to have been formed from huge mounds of these berries.