Family Group – Dorothy Richards

Size: 61 x 101cm; acrylic on cotton canvas

Catalogue Number: 122-19


Dorothy has painted families camping around a water hole. The ‘U’ shapes are the women and children, while the spears, boomerangs and warna represent the men. Next to the bowls of food are the ladies’ digging stick or warna.

The kapi (rock holes) across the lands vary in size from as large as a car to as small as a deep kitchen sink. They can be found buried in the flat rock surface on the ground, at the bottom of a waterfall or among the ranges where there is an expanse of flat rock surface. Yarnangu keep the kapi clear of dirt build up, dead animals and debris so the water remains drinkable.