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Wilkinkarra (Dancing Women), 2007

Artist: Mitjili Napanangka Gibson

Region: Western Desert

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 122 x 91 cm
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Catalogue Number: 9885MN

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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”. As he spins he sings a love story that calls the woman he desires.

At Wilkinkarra the Napanangka’s including Mitjili’s big sister, Minta, are dancing and sleeping.  The section or part of the lake referred to in this story is called Yuaninti Waku Waku,which is the southern part of the lake.  They are dancing from the West traveling towards the East following the path of the Greater Desert; this track leads to a place called Janyinki – where lots of offspring are produced.


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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