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Wilkinkarra

Artist: Mitjili Napanangka Gibson

Region: Kiwirrkurra (Gibson Desert), WA

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 122 x 198 cm
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Catalogue Number: 13089MN

Price: $35,000

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Wilkinkarra is Lake Mackay itself. Mitjili says that this was a walkabout place for them. The dreaming story that exists on the lake that she can talk about to some degree, concerns a Tjapangardi man who spins a hair string from hair, “Like this one on my head”. 

When Mitjili walked around the Wilkinkarra area, one of the main places where she grew up was Parrailpit, a large desert wetland area with many eucalyptus trees.   

In this painting, Mitjili visualises the islands in Lake MacKay - Wilkinkarra - where people such as Mitjili’s father (Tjapangardi) and her sisters (Napanangkas) would camp on the islands in the lake (Walatu) and then go away from the islands into the surrounding land to hunt. Some of the smaller eliftireal shapes represent sleeping holes on the ground that they would scoop out as to get away from the cold winter winds.


Mitjili Napanangka Gibson

Region: Kiwirrkurra (Gibson Desert), WA

When Miltjili was a young girl, her aunties would tell her stories about her country and the Jukurrpa or Dreaming stories associated with Mina Mina, a sacred site for Napanangka’s and Napangardi’s.

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