Josephine Nangala

Josephine Nangala

Pintupi Language Group


91 x 91cm

Ref No: JN1105156

This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Nyilla, north of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. There is a series of four rockholes at this site, which is situated in sandhill country.
A group of ancestral women once gathered at this site to perform the dances and sing the songs associated with the area. They later continued their travels further east eventually passing through the Kiwirrkura area. During their journey they ate the edible berries and seeds including the bush tomato and desert raisins. These berries can be eaten straight from the bush but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked in coals to form a type of damper.

Josephine was born circa 1950 and grew up in country north of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. her first contact with European people was with cattlemen in the same area, who provided her family with meat. Josephine lived in Balgo before moving to Kiwirrkura with her husband Charlie Wallabi Tjungurrayi.
In 1999 Josephine contributed to the Kiwirrkura women's painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal.



Back to Gallery page
Close Window

Back to Top