Mathew West Tjupurrula

Mathew West Tjupurrula

Pintupi Language Group


122 x 61cm

Ref No: MW0901089


The designs in this painting represent those associated with the site of Wirrimanu, near the Balgo community in Western Australia. The Luunpa (Kingfisher) Dreaming travelled south from this site to Umari rockhole east of the Kiwirrkura community. A group of Tingari men travelled to this site forming a rockhole where they dug for water.
Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret sacred nature no further details were given.
The Tingari are a group of ancestral beings of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari men were usually followed by Tingari women and accompanied by novices. Their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.



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