Tingari Cycle

Tingari Cycle

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Artist : Walala Tjapaltjarri  c.1960

Medium : Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions : 198 x 60cm

The subject of Walala's paintings is the 'Tingari Cycle', a creation time when ancestral beings, the Tingari Men, travelled over the Western Desert forming the land and creating rituals. They were followed by initiated novices who were taught laws and ceremonies and also followed by women and children . The travels of the Tingari are recounted in a multitude of song cycles but most knowledge and business of the Tingari remain in a highly secretive domain, privy only to senior men of the appropriate level of society and cannot be disclosed or recounted.

© Walala Tjapaltjarri licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd