Pulka Karrinya







Sites Painted by Karrinyarra Family

For many years we have just encouraged our Karrinyarra Family to paint and then we have written their story on the back of each them documenting a consistent record of their oral explanation

It is only now in 2012 that on deeper questioning of the "First Story" that it is revealed that Emily and Ada have been primarily painting a string of women's stories specific to Karrinyarra and more specifically their father's mothers story of sacred women's sites about the base of central Mt Wedge. These 7 sites are all the same story the Yalka or Bush Onion a primary food gathered about the edges of the great salt pan on the western edge of the Mountain.

The visual arts indexes / archetypes are used through out the western desert men and women's stories to hold Meaning, Myth, Story. These Karrinyarra women use these same archetypes to narrate their specific enculturad ceromonial story.

Over the 25 years of archiving their paintings the women have painted other stories and places but at this specific time in their lives as the primary Tribal Owners ‘TO's’ and ceremonial bosses for their land they appear to stand clear in their focus to repeat this particular story in their paintings.

Women's Sites

Yalka sites: Karrinyarra

The Napaltjarri's Emily Andy, Ada Andy and Nora Andy are the primary senior law women for their Father's maternal stories and sites about Central Mt Wedge,

These include 7 specific places 4 of which are taboo to men and thus are in the realm of secret women's places whose names are withheld. The other 4 sites are named and of public access to ungunu .Theses seven places are of springs and rock holes created in the dreamtime and as the eldest daughter Emily is the senior law women custodian for these sites

The "First Story" is a visual narrative of 6 of these sites. They are all associated with a single story of the Yalka the bush onion

The women have painted their mothers sequence of Honey Ant sites including

Pulka Karrinya, Warumpi, Yuelamu, Ilpili, Wattlepunya