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MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART

Ray James Tjangala

Untitled #4843

Synthetic polymer paint on linen
107 x 91 cm
(42.1 x 35.8 in)

2005

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This painting depicts designs associated with the soakage water site of Yunala, west of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia. In mythological times a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before continuing their travels further east to Pinari, north-west of the Kintore Community. While at Yunala they gathered the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear vine Marsdenia Australis, also known as yunana, which is plentiful in the region.
Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youth today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs. 



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