Minyma Tingari (Sandhill Country), 2000
In this painting Barbara uses an individual style to represent the site known as Tjukurla in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia - the country to which she is custodian. This area is also associated with the Tingari Cycle, from the Jukurrpa (Creation Era).
The natural environment surrounding Tjukurla is dominated by expansive sandhills and rockholes containing water and bush foods. The rocky outcrops are depicted here by the stratified, elongated U-shape while the sandhills are represented by the lines of the smaller abutting U-shapes bordering the painting. This traditional method of representing the tuli, the use of stratified lines, has its roots in the body paint worn by women during sacred ceremonies.
The events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret and sacred nature so no further details were given. Generally, the Tingari are a specific group of Dreaming ancestors who travelled vast stretches of the country, performing rituals which created the particular land formations of the various sites. The Tingari men were accompanied by novices and followed by the Tingari Women. Their travels and adventures are enshrined in song cycles, which today are important aspects of the investiture teachings of the post initiatory youths as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.
Region: Western Desert
Barbara Napangarti Reid’s paintings are beautiful depictions of place, paintings of the lands to which she is custodian and the songs that explain them. Characteristic for Barbara is the depiction of puli – rock formations, and tuli – sand hills…