This painting depicts the country of Elizabeth's father. This country is known as Parwalla and is located far to the south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert. The majority of the painting depicts the tali, or sand dunes, that dominate the landscape of the area. Throughout the painting are also shown different bush foods, including kantilli, bush raisin, and minyali. Women, the U shapes, with their wanna, digging sticks, and coolamon are also depicted © Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory


  • Title: Parwalla
  • Creator: Elizabeth Nyumi
  • Creator Lifespan: c. 1947
  • Creator Nationality: Australian
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Date: 2000
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased 2000, Telstra Collection, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory © licensed by Warlayirti Artists
  • Medium: synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Geographical Region of Artist: Ballaluna, Central Desert region
  • Exhibition: 17th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2000
  • Ethnic Language Group: Pintupi
  • Dimensions: 120 x 80 cm
  • Collection: Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
  • Artist Ethnicity: Aboriginal

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