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Ngunguntarra, The Canning Stock Route


The glorious painting below is by Eubena Nampitjin, a wonderful depiction of a place called Ngunguntarra, near the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia.

It depicts two waterholes, or ‘yinta’ as they are called in the Kukatja language. These waterholes are a permanent source of water in Eubena’s country, and this particular site is surrounded by ‘Tali’ or sand hills which fan out around them. If you take a look at this painting up close you can see that it is meticulously painted with many thousands of tiny intricate dots!


Ngunguntarra by Eubena Nampitjin. Acrylic on linen Canvas, 120 x 80 cm

The Canning Stock Route is a 1,850 km long cattle track that runs from Halls Creek in the Kimberley region to Wiluna in the mid-west of Western Australia. It is the longest historic stock route in the world, even in a 4x4 it takes 10 to 20 days to complete the difficult journey across the desert!