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Pintupi people

Australia 1920 – 1990

Man's Bush Tucker Dreaming [Man's bush tucker Dreaming] 1971 Description: (Bardon) No.26 Reproduced in Bardon 1979, pp.64-5. Reproduced in Bardon 1991, p.96.
Place made: Papunya, Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on composition board

Dimensions: 64.8 h x 16.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1993
Accession No: NGA 93.184
Image rights: © the estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
  • Uta Uta Tjangala was born at Yumari, a significant cultural site in the Dover Hills in Western Australia. He grew up in the Gibson Desert learning about his country and his culture. The central Australian drought of the late 1920s caused many Aboriginal families to leave their country and move toward government ration depots and missions, where food and resources were in regular supply. A community was established at Haasts Bluff in the 1930s to provide a safe haven for Warlpiri, Pitjantjatjara, Arrarnta and Pintupi people, and Tjangala settled there in 1956. In 1958 he travelled back to the Kintore Range with historian and researcher Jeremy Long.

    Tjangala was one of the first artists to paint at Papunya in 1971. His early works are dynamic topographical, visually rich cultural maps of country. His later paintings are large remarkable renditions of major Dreaming stories. As a mentor to younger artists, Tjangala often executed these large canvases in collaboration with junior painters who shared the same Dreamings and cultural obligations.

    Man’s Bush Tucker Dreaming is unusual in the use of desert iconography. It is a close-up of the desert floor. The large shapes represent the footprints of a man searching for witchetty grubs in holes in the ground, depicted as circles. His boomerangs are represented at the top of the painting and the three orange lines in the lower left are marks made by his fingers in the sand.

    Franchesca Cubillo

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
    From: Franchesca Cubillo and Wally Caruana (eds) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art: collection highlights National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2010

  • 尤他·尤他·坦格拉 (Uta Uta TJANGALA)
    《人的丛林食物梦幻》(Man's Bush Tucker Dreaming)
    64.8(高) x 16.0(宽) 厘米
    收录号:NGA 93.184

    尤他·尤他·坦格拉(Uta Uta Tjangala)出生于玉玛里(Yumari)——西澳多佛山(Dover Hills)的一处重要文化景点。他在吉布森沙漠(Gibson Desert)成长,了解学习自己的部落和文化。1920年代发生在澳中部地区的干旱迫使众多土著家庭背井离乡,前往政府补给站和布道所,那里有正常的食物和物资供应。1930年代,哈斯特布拉夫建起一个社区,为瓦勒皮里(Warlpiri)、皮詹加加拉(Pitjantjatjara)和宾土比族人提供避难所,坦格拉于1956年来此定居。1958年,他陪伴历史学家兼研究员杰里米·龙(Jeremy Long)旅行回到金托尔山脉。



    Franchesca Cubillo

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra