Francine Kulitja - - Kungkarangkalpa - Seven Sisters

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Artist: Francine Kulitja

Title:  - Kungkarangkalpa - Seven Sisters

Cat No:  x2233-20

Size: 87 x 56 cm

Acrylic on linen. Stretched and ready to hang.


The artist has painted Minyma Kutjara (Two women) Dreaming, passed down to her by her mother and her mother’s mother before her for millennia.

The older sister was travelling with her younger sister back to their homeland. The younger sister was hesitant to go further north as she had been living with another family near the sea to the south. She had been lost for a long time and didn’t know the country her older sister was showing her.

Her sister carried her and tried to comfort her. She was teaching her all about the country they travelled through. Sometimes they stopped to perform sacred singing and dancing. The further they went and the more singing and dancing they performed, the happier the little sister felt. They camped at Punuwara and Irrunytju rockhole before heading further north to Kaltukatjara (Docker River) and they were finally home.



Language:  Pitjantjatjara

Date of birth: April 8th, 1980

Community: Mutitjulu : NT

Artwork media: Acrylic on Canvas, Acrylic on Wood, Tjanpi Grass

Artwork themes:
  • Kungkarangkalpa - Seven Sisters
  • Minyma Kutjara - The Two Women
  • Minyma Kaanka Tjuta - The Crow Women
  • Kapi Pukara - Pukara Waterhole
  • Kalaya Tjuta - The Emus
  • Ngankari Tjuta

Francine Kulitja is the eldest daughter of well known artist Rene Kulitja and granddaughter of renowned wood carvers and Maruku founders, the late Topsy Tjulyata and Walter Pukutiwara. She grew up in Kaltukatjara (Docker River) in the far south west corner of the Northern Territory. She also spends time in the Mutitjulu Community in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where her family has always been strongly involved in traditional land management, tourism and the arts. Francine paints the Tjukurpa or Creation Stories she has inherited through her mother, her grandmother and her grandfather.  

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