Kungkarangkalpa Maitjara (The Seven Sisters Collecting Bush Food)

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Kungkarangkalpa Maitjara (The Seven Sisters Collecting Bush Food)

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Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.

Kungkarangkalpa is the Tjukurpa of the Seven Sisters, concerning a group of women being pursued by a cunning man called Nyiru who attempts to lure them into marriage with him. They travelled through a vast amount of Australia stopping to camp, build shelters and hunt for food.

Women dig for maku or witchetty grubs and tjala, honey ants. Bush fruits they collect include kampurarpa, ili, arngulimangata, munu unturngu (bush tomato, fig, native plum, quandong and bush banana).

All their actions in escaping Nyiru formed many features of the landscape, embedding the knowledge of survival in it. Eventually they fled into the sky where they became the constellation known as Pleiades or Seven Sisters. Nyiru still follows them ceaselessly across the night sky as a star in the constellation Orion. 


Artist : Myra Giles
Title : Kungkarangkalpa Maitjara
Size : 380 x 1010 mm
Medium : Acrylic on Canvas

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