In the Tingari heartland of the Gibson Desert, three major journey-lines can be discerned .One begins west of Jupiter Well and eventually runs due east, concluding south-east of Lake Mackay; another heads south-west from near Kintore for some 200 km, and then doubles back to end at Lake Macdonald; the third runs from south to north through Docker River and Kintore. At the many sites that make up these song lines, groups of Tingari people held ceremonies, experienced adversity and had adventures, in the course of which they either created or became the physical features of the sites involved. In mythological terms, Tingari exploits often add to or modify features at pre-existing sites, or revive and extend more ancient local Dreamings. The oral narratives that describe these adventures stretch to thousands of verses, and provide countless topographical details that would assist nomadic bands to navigate and survive in the arid landscape.
In Pintupi narratives, the male Tingari groups are usually followed by groups of women who may be accompanied by children. The more public women’s stories usually revolve around the gathering and preparation of bush foods. However, other narratives relate to a group of powerful ancestor women – the Kanaputa (Ganabuda) or Mungamunga – who often travelled in a Tingari ritual group. These Tingari women were sometimes accompanied by young girls, whom they provided with ritual education and were often followed by (or following) groups of Tingari men.
Title: Tingari Circle
Size: 1810 x 1220
Medium: Acrylic on Linen