Inawinytji Stanley's - Malilanya

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Inawinytji Stanley's - Malilanya

This is a creation story from near Kanpi in the APY Lands. Malila was a woman with one lame leg who often went hungry because she couldn't search and hunt for food. She would have to wait for her two daughters to bring her meat so she could eat. She travelled around like a dog (on all fours). She travelled from a long way, moving on all fours like a dog and she got to a place near Kanpi when it was raining and her daughters helped her build a wiltja to get out of the rain. That wiltja is now an underground cave. One day her daughter brought her meat and Malila saw that it had been cooked by men and said to her daughters,'I'm not going to eat this meat. Who are these men? You must have husbands.' She left her cave and went travelling further west where she came across some men and got really angry with them. The men hit her and she fell and rolled down a hill and died (creating some mountains along the way). Women are reminded of Malila when they too are hungry. Many people often tell this story, and the woman Malila stays in existence.

Size: 82cm x 82cm

Medium: Acrylic on canvas