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Artist: Debra Nangala McDonald
Title: Women’s Ceremony
Language: Pintupi / Papunya, NT
Medium: Acrylic on cotton canvas
Size: 57x27 cm
Date: August 2018
This traditional painting depicts women’s initiation ceremony where senior women elders gather together to teach their culture & Dreamtime stories to young women.
They travel between one sacred site to another, depicted by the concentric circles, teaching the importance of each site, their Dreamtime songs & dances in the area of the artist’s birthplace. They also teach their young women how to survive & collect bush tucker.
Debra McDonald Nangala was born in November 1969 at Papunya Camp. She is the granddaughter of the late Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi (c.1920-1987) who was a Pintubi man from Lake MacDonald in the Gibson Desert, Central Australia. In 1948 he moved to Haasts Bluff and Papunya, and both Debra and Shorty’s stories refer to his country of Lake MacDonald.
Debra was married to the nephew of Turkey Tolson and son of the great female artist Mitjili. Her paintings have been documented in Geoffrey & James Bardon’s book “Papunya A Place Made After the Story. The Beginning of the Western Desert Painting Movement”
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