An image of Tingari Story

Willy Tjungurrayi

(Australia circa 1936 – )

Community
Walungurru (Kintore), Western Desert region
Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region

Tingari Story

Location
Not on display
Further information

This work depicts the travels of the Tingari, a group of ancestor beings, who travelled over vast stretches of the country performing rituals and creating and shaping sites. The Tingari Men were usually accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of post-initiate youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs. The Tingari ceremonies are of a secret nature and no further information was given by the artist. Willy Tjungurrayi has included a vast array of sites in this work, probably around his country in the region of Lake McDonald. In Mythological times, a large group of Tingari Men made camp at Lake McDonald during their journeying from the Peterman Range towards Kintore.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 1993

Place of origin
Walungurru (Kintore), Northern Territory, Australia
Year
1986
Media
Painting
Medium
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas
Dimensions
242.5 x 362.5 cm x 4 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1993
Accession number
548.1993
Copyright
© Willy Tjungurrayi. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency