Theresa & Anita Pumani Teresa Pumani is a senior cultural woman in Mimili community who paints the Kunkarunkara Tjukurpa (Seven Sisters Creation Story). She painted this work with her daughter Anita Pumani. This Tjukurpa is about the constellations of Pleiades and Orion. The sisters are the constellation of Pleiades and the other star Orion is said to be Wati Nyiru or Nyirunya (described as a bad, untrustworthy man).
For Teresa, the story is; “about family looking after each other, and teaching and helping each other. The women being followed by a bad man, but the older sisters are looking after the younger ones. I have four daughters, and sometimes we work together on large paintings telling the Kunkarunkara Tjukurpa. That’s our way–working together and looking after one another.” Mimili is home to 300 Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people who have been living in the area for millennia in harmony with nature and acting as custodians of the land and the Tjukurpa(creation stories).Mimili was formerly known as EverardPark,which was a cattle station that was returned to Aboriginal ownership through the1981AP Lands Act .Mimili Community was incorporated as an Aboriginal Community in 1975