Minyma Kutjara

Wati Ngintaka - Renae Fox (56 x 75cm)

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This is the story about Wati Ngintaka. That Wati Ngintaka heard the clapping sound of a beautiful grinding stone, a traditional tool used for grinding mai (food). WaƟ Ngintaka wanted that stone for himself, so he traveled from Aranga, a long way east toward Wayatin looking for the stone. He spoted Anangu tjuta (lots of people) at the camp. Some of the people gave him mai in the form of a seed cake, but it was dry and he didn't like it. Then one lady gave him delicious food and he knew that it had been made with seed ground on the special grinding stone. He spied the grinding stone and hid it under his tail. The next day when Anangu went out hunting, Wati Ngintaka stayed in the camp, saying he had a sore foot. Once the people had gone and it was safe he stole the grinding stone. All the people were angry with Wato Ngintaka and chased him, when they caught him they felt all over his body to see where he was hiding the grinding stone but they couldn't find it. Wati Ngintaka held up his arms and claimed he didn't have it, but they saw he was hiding it ( wipungka) in his tail. The people speared the Wati Ngintaka and retrieved the grindingstone. Wati Ngintaka passed away at a place called Aran'nga in the Northern Territory. Ngaltutjara (poor thing).

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).

Title: Wati Ngintaka
Artist: Renae Fox
Medium: Acrylic on canvas - Tasmanian oak frame
Dimensions (cm): 56 x 75cm
Catalogue Number: 21-17

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