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Candy Nelson Nakamarra Kalipinypa 2010
Acrylic on cotton
915 x 610mm

This painting depicts Candy's Kalipinypa northwest of Sandy Blight Junction, Western Australia.

The painting the area associated with the story of an important rain making ceremony to invoke the elements. Kalipinypa water dreaming is a powerful storm bringing on the lightning, thunderclouds and rain sending its deluge to rejuvenate the earth, filling rock holes, clay pans and creeks. It has the power to create new life and growth upon the land. Aboriginal people believe the Creation or Dreamtime is the beginning of 'knowledge', when the laws of existence were put together. It is also the beginning of time when the supernatural Ancestral beings were born out of their own eternity. It is said the Ancestors moved across the then barren surface of the world, hunting and fighting. They changed the form of the land creating the mountains, rivers, trees, plains, water holes and sand hills. 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.

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