This painting depicts designs associated with the swamp and rockhole site of Ngaripungkunya, west of the Kiwirrkura Community in Western Australia. In ancestral times a large group of women camped at this site before travelling east, passing through Kiwirrkura and heading north-east for Tarkul and Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) afterwards. The rockholes at this site are depicted by the roundels in this painting.
While at this site they gathered large quantities of the edible fruit known as pura, (Also known in Pintupi as pintalypa) or bush tomato from the small shrub Solanum Chippendalei. This fruit is the size of a small apricot and after the seeds have been removed, it can be stored for long periods by halving the fruit and skewering them onto a stick.
Kayi Kayi Nampitjinpa was born in 1946 at Kiwirkurra, northwest of Alice Springs. Today she lives in Kintore, with other painters of the Pintupi community. Together with her family she moved here in the 80s when many Pitupi from the Papunya reserve returned to their traditional living areas. Although she is already in her sixties, Kayi Kayi is regarded a young artist, especially since s . . .