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23-852 – Levina Biljabu

$1,160.00

Levina Biljabu
Acrylic on Canvas
91 x 91 cm: acrylic on canvas
Year: 2023
23-852

Nyilangkurr

Nyilangkurr is a group of three large tali (sandhills) located between Kartarru (Canning Stock Route Well 24) and Tiwa (Canning Stock Route 26), and just east of Wantili, an important creation site. Nyilangkurr holds special significance for Jakayu; this is her mother’s ngurra (home Country, camp), as well as the site where her father passed away. Jakayu grew up in the area around these sites and beyond, she knew this region intimately and travelled extensively here with her family in her youth. 

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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