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An image of Tingari Women at Watunuma by Wintjiya Napaltjarri

Wintjiya Napaltjarri

(Australia circa 1932 – )

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region
Tingari Women at Watunuma
Place of origin
Walungurru (Kintore)Northern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas

61.0 x 55.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1997
Accession number
© Wintjiya Napaltjarri. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

This painting depicts designs associated with the site of Watunuma, north of the Kintore Community. In mythological times a large group of Tingari Women travelled to this site. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

Documentation Card, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, 1996

Exhibition history (1)

Papunya Women, Utopia Art Sydney, Waterloo, 16 Nov 1996–14 Dec 1996