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Sacred Places | Marrapinti


Untitled by Nanyuma Napangati. 107 cm x 91 cm. Acrylic on linen canvas.
Untitled by Nanyuma Napangati. 107 cm x 91 cm. Acrylic on linen canvas.

Marrapinti is a rockhole site west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. It is a place of cultural significance for Aboriginal tribes in this area, and particularly for women, as an important site for women's ceremonies.


Indigenous Australians believe that the nose bone ancestor lives in the ground at Marrapinti and while women camped at this site they would fashion nose bone jewellery to honour their ancestor - a practice that continues to this day. These nose bones are known as Marrapinti after the location, and they are a part of one of the most important Aboriginal ceremonial rites.