Born Jupiter Well, Western Australia c.1932 or c.1940


Tingari at Pankurrunga, 1990

The Tingari men gathered for ceremonies at Pankurranga, where there are many claypans. One of the key figures involved was carrying the two boomerangs. As is conventional with Tingari stories, details cannot be given because the ceremonies belong to the secret-sacred men’s realm.

The various bands of colour surrounding the claypans (circles) indicate that, in the course of their activities, the Tingari men fired the country in all directions near the claypans. Such practice is still conventional, for when rains come many of the favoured food plants of an area flourish, and game is attracted to the newly shooting grasses.


Text reproduced with permission. © Papunya Tula Artists.


Further reading

Friendly Country – Friendly People