Wati Minyma (Man and Woman)

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Wati Minyma (Man and Woman)

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Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. 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.

Wati Minyma, is Man and Woman with the ‘U’ shapes used to show their two figures. The woman is identifies by her piti munu wana (collecting bowl and digging stick) while the man has his kulata, miru kali munu tjutinypa (spears, soearthrower, boomerangs and club). 

Concentric circles represent important sites related to the Creation Ancestors’ journeys across the country; the ‘dreaming tracks’ followed by countless generations of Anangu since. They created landforms and customs to be passed on and maintained over subsequent generations. The sites are linked through inma or ceremony - the singing, dancing and body painting which reveals the laws of nature and provides a blue print for life and a guiding map of country. 


Artist: Arnold Nipper
Title: Wati Minyma (Man and Woman)
Size: 90 x 60 cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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