Ngintaka (perentie lizard)

Reggie Uluru

Ngintaka (perentie lizard)

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The Ngintaka or Perentie lizard (Varanus giganteus) is the largest lizard of Central Australia and a highly prized and important food. It is powerful Tjukurpa, celebrated in inma (ceremony, song, and dance), story telling and art work. Wati Ngintaka (Perentie Man) Tjukurpa stretches from one side of South Australia to the other, many sacred sites marking his passage from the first greedy sighting of a prized grindstone, to his death in punishment for its theft. 

Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of . Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.


Artist: Reggie Uluru 
Title: Ngingtaka
Size: 17cm x 60cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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