46 x 76 cm: acrylic on canvas
Kanapiti – Beverley Rogers
“This my grandmother’s country on my mum’s (Reena Rogers) side. One day I want to visit this place – the Parnngurr rangers will take me there soon”
– Beverley Rogers
Kanapiti hills are located south east of Parnngurr Aboriginal Community, where Reena lives today. This area is Reena’s birthplace, and forms part of her ngurra (home Country, camp). The Western Desert term ‘ngurra’ is hugely versatile in application. Broadly denoting birthplace and belonging, ngurra can refer to a body of water, a camp site, a large area of Country, or even a modern house. People identify with their ngurra in terms of specific rights and responsibilities, and the possession of intimate knowledge of the physical and cultural properties of one’s Country. This knowledge is traditionally passed intergenerationally through family connections.
Painting ngurra, and in so doing sharing the Jukurrpa (Dreaming) stories and physical characteristics of that place, has today become an important means of cultural maintenance. Physical maintenance of one’s ngurra, like cultural maintenance, ensures a site’s wellbeing, and is a responsibility of the people belonging to that area.
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