Hialry Tjapaltjarri

Pintupi Language Group


61 x 31 cm

Ref No: HT1505050

This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Pirruwaltja, west of the Ehrenberg Range. The site is known for the prolific growth of the wangunu, or woolybutt grass, the seed of which is used to make damper.community. In Mythological times a large group of Tingari men came to this site from the west. 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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