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Title

Minyma Tjuta Tjukurpa

2007

Artist

Wingu Tingima

Australia

circa 1935 - 08 Mar 2010

Language group

Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    2007
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    Dimensions
    194.0 x 199.0 cm stretcher
    Credit
    Purchased 2007
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    269.2007
    Copyright
    © Estate of Wingu Tingima. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    The Art centre documentation for this work states:

    "Minyma Tjuta Tjukurpa (Seven Sisters Creation Story). This is a sacred story for women. Ngayuku ngura (this is my country), Kuru Ala. That man Wati Nyiiru was a cheeky man trying to get the big sister. He turned himself into a snake when all the women were digging for kuka (meat). They dug him up and ate him, but he tasted funny. All the sisters were sick. He is a Ngankari and turned himself into many things."

    This story is described in more detail in Mary Knights, 'Wingu Tingima', Irrunytju Arts, Irrunytju Arts, Irrunytju (Wingellina), 2006, pg. 74:

    "The seven sisters travelled from near Kaliwarra to Wannan in Western Australia stopping at significant sites and rockholes including Kuru Ala, a sacred place for women. As they walked across the desert they were followed by a wati kula-kula (lustful man) called Nyiru. He wanted to take one of the sisters as a wife, but he was an old man and they did not want him. Near Kuru Ala Nyiru pretended to be a wayanu (quandong) tree. The sisters gathered around to pluck the fruit but when they tasted it they realised that it was not wayanu but Nyiru trcking them. They ran away and hid in a cave, but he followed them, so they ran to another rockhole, where they saw a kuniya (python). The sisters knew the kuniya was really Nyiru so they killed and cooked him, then sang and danced inma."

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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