Kungkarangkalpa (The Seven Sisters)

Teresa Pumani Profile & Artworks

Kungkarangkalpa (The Seven Sisters)

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Teresa Pumani is a senior cultural woman in Mimili Community who paints the Kunkarunkara Tjukurpa (Seven Sisters Creation Story). This Tjukurpa is about the constellations of Pleiades and Orion. The sisters are the constellation of the Pleiades and the other star Orion is said to be Nyiru or Niruyna (described as a bad, untrustworthy man). For Teresa, the story is "about family looking after each other, and teaching and helping each other. The women being followed by a bad man, but the older sisters are looking after the young ones. I have four daughters and sometimes we work together on large paintings telling the Kunkarunkara Tjukurpa. That's our way - working together and looking after one another."

Mimili Community is home to 300 Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people who have been living in the area for millennia in harmony with nature and acting as custodians of the land and the Tjukurpa (creation stories). Mimili was formerly known as Everard Park, which was a cattle station that was returned to Aboriginal ownership through the 1981 APY Lands Act. Mimili Community was incorporated as an Aboriginal Community in 1975.


Artist: Teresa Pumani Mula 
Title: Kungkarangkalpa (The Seven Sisters)
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Community: Mimili 
Size: 101cm by 101cm 
Medium: Synthectic polymer on paint on Linen 

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