The Songlines - Chapters 5-9 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 5-9 Summary and Analysis

In the fifth chapter, Bruce meets Arkady's friend Stan, a Pintupi elder, and his son Albert when they come to a coffee shop to sell one of Stan's paintings to Mrs. Lacey. He learns that the Pintupi are one of the last tribes to be introduced to civilization, and that they were nomadic, and so less violent in their rituals than the sedentary tribes. Their women tell creation stories with drawings on the ground and then cover them and end with a symbol like a letter Q to symbolize the deity going "back in" after finishing their creation. Those illustrations became the inspiration for the idea of allowing the Pintupi to make a living with paintings.

Chapter Six explains the relationship Mrs. Enid Lacey of the Frazer Arms had with the Pintupi painters, paying them more than the galleries...

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