Family groups

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 clubs represent the men. Next to the bowls (on the left) of food are the ladies’ digging stick or wana.

The 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 kept these rock holes clear of dirt build up, dead animals, debris etc so the water was drinkable. No one was allowed to swim in the rock holes that were used for drinking and cooking.