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Barbara - Minyma Tingari (rephoto check colours? check story are these bush apples?)

Artist: Barbara Napangarti Reid

Region: Western Desert

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 192 x 122 cm. Artwork can be rotated.

Catalogue Number: 4966BR

Price: $5,800

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Date: 2000

Titled Minyma Tingari, this painting represents aspects of the secret and sacred Tingari Cycle, from the Tjukurrpa (Creation Era). It represents a spiritual amalgam that incorporates story, song and ceremony. It narrates the stories of the Tingari ancestors who travelled vast stretches of the country performing rituals, which in turn brought into being the land formations of particular sites. The site here is the artist’s custodian site, Tjukurla, in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia.

In this work, Barbara depicts the landscape: puli or rock formations, represented here by the stratified, elongated U shapes: and tali – the waving horizontal lines depicting the sweeping sand dunes. This traditional method of representing geographic formations through the use of stratified lines also has its roots in the body paint worn by women during sacred ceremonies.

The events associated with the ‘Tingari Cycle’ are of a secret and sacred nature so no further details were given. Generally, the Tingari are a specific group of Dreaming ancestors who travelled vast stretches of the country, performing rituals which created the particular land formations of the various sites. The Tingari men were accompanied by novices and followed by the Tingari Women. Their travels and adventures are enshrined in song cycles, which today are important aspects of the investiture teachings of the post initiatory youths as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.


Barbara Napangarti Reid

Region: Western Desert

Barbara Napangarti Reid’s paintings are beautiful depictions of place, paintings of the lands to which she is custodian and the songs that explain them. Characteristic for Barbara is the depiction of puli – rock formations, and tuli – sand hills...

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