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Doris Bush Nungarrayi Papa Tjukurrpa (Dog Dreaming) - Nyumannu 2010
Acrylic on Belgian linen 1070 x 910mm $2290
Nyunmanu is a Dingo Dreaming site just to the south east of Kintore. Most of the Dingoes and their pups from this
place rose up into the sky and became stars. However the ancestral mother Dingo and her pup had gone out hunting
and were too tired to rise up, so they turned into a large rock that marks the place of this sacred Dreaming.
It is said that if you sleep in this place you will dream of the ancestral puppies. The story goes that if you remove
one of the gleaming stones found at Nyunmanu, the puppies will haunt your dreams until you return it to the place
where it belongs. The custodians of this Tjukurrpa are Nungarrayi, Tjungarrayi, Napaltjarri and Tjapaltjarri women
The circles in this story often represent important waterholes. The roundels extending from the circles are the
designs the women paint on their breasts.