Artist: Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri
Size: 415cm x 1220mm
Medium: Acrylic on linen
Story from the certificate of authenticity:
This painting is about the Tingarri Ancestors who move through Pintupi Country around Lake Mackay [Wilkinkarra], and across the desert beyond. Wentja's father was Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi, one of the last senior Pintupi men to join the Papunya painting group in the early 1970s. A Ngangkari [traditional healer], he was renowned for his ceremonial knowledge. a kindly father to all his children, he taught his daughters ,the eldest, Linda Tjungkiya Syddick Napaltjarri, Wentja MorganNapaltjarri #2, Martha Tjulata McDonald, Pamela and two adopted Tjapaltjarri sons (deceased) to paint.
This painting is about the Tingarri Ceremonial Cycle that travels across the Gibson Desertregion, and beyond amongst other activities, they are responsible for making rain. Shorty Lungkata Tjungarrayi was born at Warlukirritji, south of Lake McDonald [Karrkurutinyja]. In this painting Wentja has painted Lungkata Tingarri, Bluetongue Lizard. The circles are the rockholes at which Tingarri Ancestors perform ceremony that punctuate the vast Gibson Desert Country created and opened up by the Ancestral Tingarri men and women. Each timethe ceremony is performed, the Senior Tingarri Ancestors open that Country up again.
Tingarri Song and Ceremonial cycles, traversing vast deserts embed Warlukirritji in a much broader web of Law, interconnecting people,species and places. Tingarri Ancestors, human/animal, male/female, interact, live, love and die, transgress, transform, fight, and give succour, perform ceremonies, and create geophysical and geographical site features. Tingarri also modify previously isolated sites, reviving and extending more ancient and localised traditions, as occurs at Warlukirrtji. Tingarri oral narratives stretch to thousands of verses, broken into different sections, held by different people, at different sites. They provide countless topographical details that assist in navigation and survival. Law enshrined in song cycles, connecting these diverse linguistic/cultural groups across vast distances. Public versions disclose no secret sacred knowledge, and Tangarri-related visual designs are usually considered dear to Pintupi families, rather than dangerous. Warlukirritji is part of one of three major Tingarri journey/song lines that traverse the Country and travels from near Walungurru [Kintore], doubling back to Karrkurutinyja and then to Ikuntji [Haasts Bluff].
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