Walter Jangal Brown's - Tingari Cycle
This painting depicts a portion of the Tingari cycle, a very important collection of Dreaming narratives from the Western Desert region. The country that this painting depicts is located far to the west of Yuendumu and spans a vast area of land across the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts in West Australia. Aboriginal groups that paint the Tingari cycle include the Pintupi, Kukatja, Ngarti and Walmajarri peoples, among others.
The cycle tells the story of a group of ancient creation ancestors, the Tingari, who travelled across the country. The Tingari took different forms, some human and some animal. Humans were typically initiated men accompanied by 'punyunyu', (novices, uninitiated men). The men were sometimes accompanied by extremely powerful initiated women, (called variously, the 'Kungka Tjuta', 'Minyma Tjuta' or 'Kanaputa'). Like the initiated men, these initiated women were accompanied by uninitiated women to whom they provided a ritual education. Animals featured in the Tingari cycle include the dingo, emu, kingfisher and western quoll, among others.
As the Tingari travelled over vast areas of the country, they held initiations and other ceremonies, caused or encountered raging bushfires, hunted game, found and cooked bush tucker, fought and killed one another,disposed of the dead or brought them back to life, interacted with totemic ancestors, copulated illicitly, made and used sacred objects, flew through the air and died in hailstorms. In the course of these adventures, they either created or became the physical features of the sites they visited, forming rocky outcrops, waterholes, trees, salt lakes, ochre deposits and so on. These sites which are now regarded as sacred by their descendants, today's custodians of the places.
Size: 183cm x 122cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas