Imelda (Yukenbarri) Gugaman
Joan (Eva) Nagomara
Jimmy & Angie Tchooga
Pauline Sunfly’s father, Sunfly Tjampitjin, was a senior custodian for country south of Balgo, near vast salt lake of Wilkinkara (Lake MacKay). The country depicted here is named Liltjin. This painting represents the dry creek beds which during the wet season flow into Wilkinkarra. During the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) people lived in the holes depicted.
Helicopter Tjungurrayi has painted some of his country south of Balgo, in the Great Sandy Desert. This country is named Wangkartu after the tjurrnu (soakwater) in this country. This is the country where Helicopter was born.
This painting depicts the story associated with Jimmy’s Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) which is his father’s creation story. This story is set in Jimmy’s traditional country of Tjukukalyu, east of Balgo in the Tanami Desert. The central concentric square lines represents sacred land, of which Jimmy cannot say any more.
“Snake coming. He saw people and kids dancing. Women and men dancing around the camp fire…He ate them. Whole lot…After that his tummy get bigger…and they were tickling him…vomit them up…And they were still dancing.”
– Vincent Nanala, Marua story