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In mythological times, two ‘kuniya’ (pythons), a male and a female, came from the east to a place called Karrilwarra, a rockhole and soakage water site north of the Kiwirrkura Community in Western Australia. They later travelled south-west to Wiluna. In Aboriginal mythology, snakes are responsible for the creation of all water sources, the most valuable commodity in a desert. The snake’s tracks are depicted as the waving lines in the painting.This mythology forms part of the Tingari Cylce. A cycle of mythological stories about the supernatural ancestors of the Pintupi that during the formation of the earth travelled around the country, performing rites, teaching law and shaping life and the landscape. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature, no further details about the myth were given.