Carol Nampijinpa Larry
Aboriginal Luritja Woman
Carol Nampijinpa Larry was born in Kiwirrkura, one of the most remote communities in Australia, and her family heritage is the Luritja people of the Western Desert. She went to school in Papunya, where she learned Warlpiri and English. Carol had 4 children, as well as a partner who passed away many years ago. She moved to Nyirripi to live with her daughter Melissa Nungarrayi Larry when Melissa married a Warlpiri man from Nyirripi. Melissa also paints for Warlukurlangu Artists and Carol and Melissa often paint together at the art centre.
This painting represents women gathering bush foods on Warlpiri country. They hunt for a number of different bush foods including witchetty grubs, honey ants, bush bananas, bush beans and desert truffle among many others. Traditionally digging sticks were charred and ground on a stone surface to create a bevelled edge. Today Warlpiri women use crowbars to dig for bush foods.
This painting depicts women hunting for bush foods around the Dreaming sites Yumurrpa and Wapurtali on Warlpiri country. Warlpiri women hunt for a number of different bush foods at different times of the year.