Minyma Kutjara

Minyma Kutjara (two sisters) - Eva Baker


This is the story about Wati Ngintaka (goanna man). Wati Ngintaka heard the clapping sound of a beautiful grinding stonea traditional tool used for grinding mai (food). Wati Ngintaka wanted that stone for himselfso he traveled from Arangaa long way east toward Wayatin looking for the stoneHe spoted Anangu tjuta (lots of peopleat the campSome of the people gave him mai in the form of a seed cakebut it was dry and he didn't like itThen one lady gave him delicious food and he knew that it had been made with seed ground on the special grinding stoneHe spied the grinding stone and hid it under his tailThe next day when Anangu went out huntingWati Ngintaka stayed in the campsaying he had a sore footOnce the people had gone and it was safe he stole the grinding stoneAll the people were angry with Wati Ngintaka and chased himwhen they caught him they felt all over his body to see where he was hiding the grinding stone but they couldn't find itWati Ngintaka held up his arms and claimed he didn't have itbut they saw he was hiding it (wipungkain his tailThe people speared the Wati Ngintaka and retrieved the grinding stoneWati Ngintaka passed away at a place called Aran'nga in the Northern TerritoryNgaltutjara (poor thing). This painting shows the tali (sandhillswhere Wati Ngintaka traveled.

Title: Minyma Kutjara (two sisters)
Artist: Eva Baker
Dimensions: 57 x 76cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Catalogue Number: 20-122



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