The Wild Western Desert exhibition

23 AM 7778/11
Angilyiya Mitchell Seven Sisters at Kurualya - Kungkarrakalpa 2011
Acrylic on canvas
1480 x 760mm

This painting is of a popular tjukurrpa story of seven sisters being chased through the desert by one cheeky lusty man, Wati Nyiru. Many things happen to these women as they travel through country. Eventually they rise into the sky and form the Pleiades, a group of seven stars seen in the southern skies.

This painting takes place at Kurualya, a sacred place for women in Angilyiya’s mother’s country south of Papulankutja Blackstone. Wati Nyiru was followed them, disguising himself as a quandong tree, and then a yirli fig, and then a carpet snake, spying on them as they made camp, building wiltjas and wind breaks and digging for food. Painting from Tjulyuru Arts – Warburton, WA

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