The Travels of a Group of Men

Nyurapayia Nampitjimpa

The Travels of a Group of Men by Nyurapayia Nampitjimpa


Nyurapayia Nampitjimpa
The Travels of a Group of Men
synthetic polymer on linen
122 x 91 cm

verso: NN0308068

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In The Black, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, 2009

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This painting depicts designs associated with the travels of a group of women to the rockhole site of Yumarra, near Tjukula in Western Australia. A group of women, represented by the U shapes, applied body paint and performed ceremonies associated with the area. They had travelled from Punkilpirri, a large permanent water site, north-west of Docker River in the Walter James Rnage. The rockholes at Punkilpirri as represented by the roundels. They later continued their travels to the north through Tjukula and Tjalili. Along the way they gathered the edible berries known as kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum centrale. These berries can be eaten straight from the bush but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked in the coals to form a type of damper. Mangata (quandong) from the small tree Santalum acuminatum was also gathered on the journey, it is represented by the small circles in this painting. It grows prolifically throughout this area.