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'Tingarri Story' by Tim Payungka Tjapangarti, 1975

This acrylic painting represents a large group of Tingarri Men gathered for ceremonies during the Dreaming. A ritual area was prepared by clearing the ground of plants and raking it smooth, then hardening the surface with a mixture of blood and water. Meat was then presented to the Elders - a reciprocal gift from the young ...

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'Tingarri Men and Initiates at Marabindinya' (Marrapintinya) by Anatjari (Yanyatjarri) Tjampitjinpa, 1981

This is an acrylic painting of Tingarri Men and initiates at Marrapintinya, which is the name of a place and the name given to an object (marrapinti, sometimes called a nosepeg) worn through the pierced septum, usually as ceremonial attire. In this painting, central sets of concentric circles indicate Tingarri instructors, ...

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'Two Women Mythology at Putja Rockhole' by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1977

This acrylic painting depicts the legendary Kungka Kutjarra (Two Women) ancestors who made camp, hunted goannas, fetched water and gathered bush foods around Putja rock hole. They also used a form of manimani (illustrating in the sand) to lure a group of travelling Tingarri Men by arranging leaves on the ground in a yilpinytji ...

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'Yumari' by Uta Uta (Wuta Wuta) Tjangala, 1981

This acrylic painting of Yumari combines several Dreamings that pass through the artist's country, including Ngurrapalangu, Tjangala's conception site. The central figure represents Tjuntamurtu (Short Legs). Also depicted are the Dreaming tracks of the Old Man (Yina), the wavy path of Lirru (the King Brown Snake), and the ...

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'Dreaming at Kamparrarrpa' (Kampurarrpa) by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1976

This is an acrylic painting that depicts five large waterholes and 16 women's camps. As part of their ceremonies the women re-create, in song and ritual, the activities of various ancestral beings. Designs representing each ancestor are applied to the bodies of the participants. The name Kampurarrpa refers both to a place ...

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'Dreaming of Matjadji' (Matjatji) by David Corby Tjapaltjarri, 1975

This acrylic painting depicts a men's Dreaming that passed through a waterhole site called Matjatji before continuing to Kunatjarri. The ceremony at Matjatji involved young initiates receiving instruction from an Elder, represented by the U shape, with the sinuous line indicating the track followed by the initiates during ...

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'Ngurrapalangu' by Uta Uta (Wuta Wuta) Tjangala, 1974

This acrylic painting represents an encounter between an ancestral creature called Tjuntamurtu (Short Legs), two travelling women and Yina (Old Man) at Ngurrapalangu. The women were frightened by the approaching Yina and fled towards Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), while Tjuntamurtu crawled inside a cave, casting aside the sacred ...

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'Nice Day at the Beach' cartoon by John Tiedemann, 2005

This cartoon by John Tiedemann offers commentary on the Cronulla race riots of 2005. A man is lying on his beach towel wearing Australia-flag shorts and a Santa Claus hat. Surrounding him are various weapons including an axe, pistol, sword, hand grenade and brass knuckles. This cartoon first appeared in the Daily Telegraph ...

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'Watunuma' (Warturnuma) (Flying Ant Dreaming) by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1976

This acrylic painting depicts Warturnuma (the ancestral flying ant), who was immense and had a long beard and wizened face. He flew just above the treetops, travelling westward through the lands of the Anmatyerr and Warlpiri peoples. At Ngunga, north-west of Alice Springs, he landed for the last time, crawled on his arthritic ...

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'Budgerigars in the Sandhills' by Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, 1975

This acrylic painting represents the travels of the Budgerigar ancestors during the Dreaming. On their journey, the ancestors stop to camp in sandhill country around Ilpitirri near Mount Denison. The camps are depicted as concentric circles superimposed on a background mosaic of sand dunes, broken by patches of desert plants. ...

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'Jack and Jill' cartoon by Judy Horacek, 1992

This cartoon by Judy Horacek takes a feminist perspective on the nursery rhyme 'Jack and Jill'. In the cartoon Jack is falling down the hill and saying 'C'mon Jill'. Jill remains at the top of the hill and replies, 'The women's movement has completely passed you by hasn't it Jack?' The cartoon measures 297 mm x 210 mm. ...

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'Kampurrarrpa' (Kampurarrpa) by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, 1976

This acrylic painting depicts Kampurarrpa, a site where a large group of women camped and performed ceremonies in the Dreaming. The concentric circles indicate the women's camps, and the straight lines are their wana (digging sticks). The women are represented by the U shapes, which mimic their seated marks in the sand ...

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'Travels of the Mala (Hare Wallaby)' by Timmy Jugadai Tjungurrayi, 1976

This acrylic painting shows the tracks of the Mala, a fast-moving wallaby, indicating where it browsed (represented by a dragging tail mark) and where it made speedy progress. On its travels in the Dreaming, the Mala passed through a wide area of central Australia, including the Indajirri swamp, 400 km west of Alice Springs, ...

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'Ngunarrmanya' by Freddy West Tjakamarra, 1974

This acrylic painting depicts Ngunarrmanya, a permanent waterhole in sandhill country south of Jupiter Well, a yartayarta (important sacred place). Tingarri Men, their male initiates and two powerful female initiates called Tjarratjarra gathered at the waterhole during the Dreaming. A fire lit by men from Ngitjirrinya to ...

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'Bananas' cartoon by John Farmer, 2006

This cartoon by John Farmer is about a sudden rise in the cost of bananas and the effect of that increase on Australia's inflation rate. It shows B1 from the ABC television series 'Bananas in Pyjamas' holding a newspaper with the headline 'Bananas responsible for inflation rise'. B1 says to an innocent looking B2, 'What ...

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'Punyurrpungkunya' by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, 1977

The central panel of this canvas describes the ancestral deeds of a group of Tingarri Men and their initiates who gathered at Punyurrpungkunya, a soakage west of Kintore near the Western Australia-Northern Territory border. During ceremonial practices, the initiates dug holes to shelter from the heat and used mingkulpa ...

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'St Kevin' cartoon by Simon Letch, 2007

This cartoon by Simon Letch concentrates on the public perception of the then Labor Party opposition leader Kevin Rudd during the 2007 federal election campaign. It portrays Kevin Rudd as a winged saint in a stained glass window. Six holes pierce the glass, forming the shape of the Southern Cross. The cartoon first appeared ...

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'The Two Women Dreaming' by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi, 1975

This acrylic painting depicts Kungka Kutjarra (the Two Women ancestors) who wandered through the country around Warlungurru (Kintore) in the Dreaming. They tracked a perentie lizard, creating a soakage at Lampintjanya near the Kintore Range as they speared the giant lizard with a digging stick. The women then travelled ...

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'Wilkinkarra Men's Camp' by Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, 1975

This acrylic painting depicts an episode in the travels of two men in the Dreaming. After making camp near a waterhole, the men lit a fire to flush out kangaroos. The men are shown in the centre of the painting eating kangaroo, surrounded by a vast area of burned-out clumps of shrubs and grasses. In presenting the image ...

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'Two Australians' cartoon by John Spooner, 2005

This cartoon by John Spooner offers commentary on the Cronulla race riots of 2005. It is separated into two parts: on the left, under the heading 'Two Australians', a policeman protects a Lebanese man and holds off an unseen aggressor with capsicum spray; on the right, under the heading 'One Alien', a blond surfer with ...