Untitled #462

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This painting depicts the activities associated with a location known as ‘Pangkupirri’. This site is located near Esther’s homeland near Tjukurrla on the borders of Northern Territory and Western Australia. The symbols or icons are associated with the activities that took place here during the Dreamtime. Bush foods, or ‘mai’ were prepared during ceremonial rituals and are depicted by the central icon. The mythological serpent ‘wanampi’ believed to have created all sources of water is depicted by the curving lines flowing from the central icon.

The representations of landforms such as such as puli (rocky outcrops) or ‘tali’ (sandy landscape, depicted by the parallel lines) is associated with the physical and spiritual connection to the earth and can be seen in decoration such as body scarifying, ground designs and incised wooden implements. 

Esther Giles Nampitjinpa

b. 1948
Yumara, Western Australia


Esther Giles Nampitjinpa was born circa 1948 at Yumara, in Western Australia. She grew up living the nomadic lifestyle with her tribe in the desert. Her first lesson in life on the frontier between two cultures was a violent one. As a young girl, her warrior father was shot by a white man in an unprovoked attack, and his body was strung up in a tree. This event exemplefies the hardships . . .
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