Wilkinkarra (Lake MacKay)
This painting is about a site within the Wilkinkarra district between Wirnparrku and Kirrakurra submerged in the sandhills among golden spinifex, where Mitjili’s father first came into contact with Europeans on horseback. This is also Mitjili’s father’s country consisting of low out crops of oxide sandstone and gibbered claypans. This is where Mitjili came into contact with European as well.
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.
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.