Nakarra Nakarra. Kathleen Paddoon Napanangka.
Kathleen Paddoon Napanangka

Nakarra Nakarra

Etching   
59.5 x 39.5 cm     
Numbered 11/40

 
Kathleen has painted some country south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert.  The country 

depicted here is named Nakarra Nakarra.  This is the site of the Seven Sisters Dreaming, a 

story about seven sisters who travelled this country during the Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime) 

running from an old man who wanted to marry the youngest.  Today at Nakarra Nakarra a 

group of hills embody the seven sisters.   The red sections of this painting represent the 

hills while the white blocks of colour are the tali (sandhills). 


Kathleen was born c. 1937; her language group is Ngarti and her subsection (skin) is 

Napanangka. When Kathleen was still a young girl, her family moved to Sturt Creek 

Station where she worked in the laundry. It was there that she met her husband, Paddy 

Paddoon, who was one of the men in the stock camp. They later settled at the old Balgo 

Mission with their four children. Today, Kathleen Paddoon lives at the community Billiluna. 

The principal themes for her art include: Nantalarra, her family's country south of Yagga 

Yagga; rock holes, water; karnti (bush potato); tjirrilpatja (bush carrot); purra (bush 

tomato); small spirit people; cockatoo. (Warlayirti Artists)
 

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