Ngaripungkunya (Swamp) Dreaming #495

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This painting depicts designs associated with the swamp and rockhole site of Ngaripungkunya, west of the Kiwirrkura Community in Western Australia. In ancestral times a large group of women camped at this site before travelling east, passing through Kiwirrkura and heading north-east for Tarkul and Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) afterwards. The rockholes at this site are depicted by the roundels in this painting.

While at this site they gathered large quantities of the edible fruit known as pura, (Also known in Pintupi as pintalypa) or bush tomato from the small shrub Solanum Chippendalei. This fruit is the size of a small apricot and after the seeds have been removed, it can be stored for long periods by halving the fruit and skewering them onto a stick.