Minyma Kutjara

Rene Nelson - Pupuliri


Pupuliriis my tjamu (grandfather) and mama's (father's) country, there used to be water there but not anymore. My husband and I used to visit this place, it is a good place for hunting marlu (kangaroo), rabbits and ngirntaka (goanna). Old Mr and Mrs Lewis, my mother and father used to live there and when my children were small I would take them to visit this country. Pupuliri is a mans story place, it has a big rockhole and the minyma kutjara (two sisters) passed through this place on their way to Kaltukatjara (Docker River).

The Minyma Kutjara Arts Project is a new and exciting project initiated by the people and artists of Irrunytju. Irrunytju, or Wingellina Community is a small, very remote aboriginal community located 10kms from the tri-state border of WA, NT and SA. Irrunytju is part of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and is home to over 150 Anangu (people) who speak primarily Pitjantjatjara language, with some Ngaanyatjarra people also. The Minyma Kutjara Project re-establishes Irrunytju as centre for dynamic and culturally important artwork. The Irrunytju paintings reflect the strong relationship between the artists, their country and culture. The artwork brings together contemporary painting techniques and media with ancient visual language and tjukurpa (dreaming).

Artist: Rene Nelson 
Title: Pupuliri. 20-08.

Dimensions: 77 x 56cm
Materials: Acrylic on canvas. Tasmanian oak timber frame.

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