Families of Blackstone
Collaborative paintings by family groups at Papulankutja Artists, Blackstone, WA
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Family Mitchell Kungkarrangkalpa (Seven Sisters) at Kurualya 2011
Acrylic on canvas 1285 x 2005mm SOLD
The artists are Angaliya Mitchell, Anawari Mitchell and Jennifer Mitchell (2 sisters and an in-law). 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 up 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 following 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.