We're talking again about Papunya

11 AM 5551/08
Tilau Nangala Water Dreaming 2007
Acrylic on Belgian linen
610 x 915mm

This story is related to the Water Creation or Dreaming. In this painting the circles represent sacred water or rock hole sites. The lines connecting the circles are the creeks and the water flowing across the lands, or the paths the Ancestors travelled. The U shapes are the women performing a ceremony or corroboree. The Ancestors were honoured by Aboriginal people in corroborees performed at sacred sites where the spirit of the Ancestors had become part of the landscape, or turned into entities such as rocks or trees. The background design symbolises the landscape after the rains and the earth has been replenished with new growth. The rock holes collect the water during the rains. Knowledge of where to find water was handed down from generation to generation to ensure survival in the desert.

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