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Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri #2 - Tingarri - Lungkata, Wentja Morgan

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Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri #2 - Tingarri - Lungkata, Wentja Morgan

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Tingarri - Lungkata, Wentja Morgan by Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri #2

Acrylic on Linen

Dimensions: 600 x 890 mm

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 hunting skills, ceremonial knowledge and his spirited dancing. A kindly father to all his children, he taught his daughters, the eldest, adopted Linda Tjungkiya Syddick Napaltjarri, Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri #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 Desert region, and beyond amongst other activities, they are responsible for making rain. Shorty 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 time the ceremony is performed, the Senior Tingarri Ancestors open that Country up again.

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