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Ngamurru 17-1036

Katjarra Butler

Acrylic on Canvas

91.4cm x 121.9cm


These two waterholes are of Ngamurru. Ngamurru is my home. The painting shows the waterholes of Ngamurru. It is not like a spring – the waterhole dries out after a while. At these waterholes many women were staying here for a short while in the creation time (Dreamtime).These women were Nangala, my mothers. Another group of women, a group of Nungurrayi and Nangala were travelling to Marrpirnti/Kiwirrkura while the Nangala women were at Ngamurru. At Ngamurru the Nangala women collect, cooked and ate the bush tucker wanpurru that goes on sandhills. They then set off to the east to Papun and Ngartan.

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