New Works


15-30 – Billy Atkins (dec.)


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Billy Atkins (dec.)

76 x 152cm: acrylic on canvas
Year: 2015

Ngayurnangalku (Cannibal) Mummy

“Some people not doing cannibal like this. I do him my way.

This one the mummy Ngayurnangalku (cannibal), big mummy. He [she] been born in Puntawarri sandhill. He [she] got a big milky for her kid[s]. That’s a cannibal in a lake, Kumpupirntily (Lake Disappointment]. Kumpupirntily wanti (girl), she lives in a hole, big cave underground. They belong to there, they living there. Big mob! That’s his country. Cannibal came in from everywhere, meeting up here.

They’re still alive, they camp there all the time. They walking in the night, they got to feed. They all staying there- don’t go there! You’ll lose your life. We’ll be dead, he’ll be alive.”

Kumpupirntily (Lake Disappointment) in the Canning Stock Route area is Yunkurra’s Country. This large warla (salt lake) is one of the most sacred and dangerous sites in the far Western Desert. This is where the Ngayurnangalku live beneath the lake, surfacing only to feed on human flesh.

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