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Myrtle Pennington - Mulpulya Dreaming Time story - 75x60 cm -17-135 (sold)

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Myrtle Pennington - Mulpulya Dreaming Time story - 75x60 cm -17-135 (sold)

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Artiste : Myrtle Pennington

Titre de l'œuvre : Mulpulya Dreaming Time story

Format : 75x60 cm

Provenance et certificat : centre d'art aborigène du Spinifex Art Project

Référence de cette peinture : 17-135

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Explications pour cette œuvre :

Nyangatja ngayuku ngura Mulpulya ka tjitji kulyunpa waltjatjara kapi kutjupa kutjupa ankupai.

This is the country where I grew up and it is called Mulpulya. When I was a young child my family and I would walk from rockhole to rockhole. Myrtle is a senior Spinifex woman who was born at a Kanpa deep within Spinifex Country.

At Kanpa there are two large rockholes with sandhills and salt country near Wilkapi and Tjawalpa (two soaks). There is a salt lake surrounded by stumpy trees and large sandhills.


Mulpulya is where Myrtle's umbilical fell off as a baby therefore is greatly significant to Myrtle. Spinifex people are connected strongly to birthplace and the place where the umbilical cord comes off. Mulpula is the home of the Pitjitjarli or Scorpion story.

Myrtle was born c.1939 in the vicinity of a rock hole called Kanpa in central Spinifex. The rock hole itself is a point along a highly sensitive senior Men’s tjukurpa which Myrtle would not have seen or drawn water from. Myrtle’s journey out of Spinifex to Cundeelee Mission in the late 1950’s was particularly tragic for Myrtle and her family (a son and husband perished on the trip). Myrtle, with another son and daughter, were eventually located by Australian servicemen from an army base at Neale’s Junction, who held them until Cundeelee Mission staff arrived to take the family to Cundeelee.

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