Brenda Napaltjarri is from the Kintore community, 700km west of Alice Springs. Born in 1958, Brenda is the daughter of Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi and Napulu Nangala. She was previously married to Jacky Tjakamarra. Brenda painted her first painting for Papunya Tula in 2002
She often paints stories that relate to her country and the rockhole site of Mitukatjirri, south-east of Kintore, which is the artists' father's country. The roundels in the work depict the rockholes found at the site.
The secret men's Tingari Cycle travels through this area from the Docker River to Tjukurla further south. The Tingari are the Dreamtime ancestors of the Aboriginal people. They travelled the country performing rituals and creating the landscape.
Their travels and adventures are told in a number of traditional songs sung at ceremonies. These songs about the Tingari Cycle are sacred, and only senior tribespeople are allowed to know the details.
This painting depicts an important women's ceremonial site near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert. The ceremonial site is called "Mina Mina." During the Jukurrpa (dreamtime) women of the Napangardi and Napaltjarri subsection groups gathered to collect ceremonial sticks, kuturu that emerged from the ground. They then headed east, performing rituals of song and dance. In the centre of the painting you can see the main ceremonial site "Mina Mina".