Ngura (Country)

Mary Gibson

Ngura (Country)

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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.

Mary has painted her impression of ngayuku ngura (my country) in the Kaltukatjara (Docker River) region. Kapi tjukurla are the water holes represented by circles. By their very nature waterholes also mark sites related to the Creation Ancestors’ journeys across the country; the ‘dreaming tracks’ followed by countless generations of Anangu since. They created landforms and customs to be passed on and maintained over subsequent generations. The sites are linked through inma or ceremony - the singing, dancing and body painting which reveals the laws of nature and provides a blue print for life and a guiding map of country.

Tali, pila munu tjanpi, the sand dunes, grass plains and spinifex country is dotted with countless varieties of vegetation. In paintings such as this one Anangu share,celebrate and pass on the Tjukurpa and the links it forms with their country and kin.


Artist: Mary Gibson
Language: Pitjantjatjarra
Location: Docker River, NT
Medium: Acrylic Paint on Plywood
Dimensions (mm): 500 x 500mm
Weight: 1kg

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