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Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi

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Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi
Photo: Graeme Marshall, Director, Marshall Arts, Adelaide.

Pintupi people, 1920–87
Shorty Lungkarta was about 30 years old when he came to Haasts Bluff settlement in the late 1940s. He spoke almost no English and was one of the last senior Pintupi men to join the Papunya painting group in the early 1970s. A traditional healer, he was renowned for his hunting skills, ceremonial knowledge and his spirited dancing. A kindly father to his children, he also raised a number of other children who grew up to become famous artists in their own right.

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi

The Two Women Dreaming 1975

The Two Women ancestors wandered through the country around Warlungurru in the Dreaming. They tracked a giant lizard, creating a soakage near the hills as they speared the lizard with a digging stick. The women then travelled to other places to the south.

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi
The Two Women Dreaming 1975 by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi.

The Two Women Dreaming 1975, Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi
acrylic paint on canvas

Punyurrpungkunya 1977

The central panel of this canvas describes the ancestral deeds of a group of Tingarri Men and their initiates who gathered at the soakage, west of Kintore, named in the painting's title. During ceremonial practices, the initiates dug holes to shelter from the heat and used chewing tobacco for sustenance. The group then travelled to a claypan site in the spinifex grass–sandhill country around Lake MacDonald. The men were accompanied by their wives, who carried wooden water containers and wore hair-string belts.

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi
Punyurrpungkunya 1977 by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi.

Punyurrpungkunya 1977, Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi
acrylic paint on canvas

Container 1978

The ancestral events represented on the outside of this container took place at a soakage where a group of men made camp. Two of the men went hunting in a sandy creek bed for the male and female Sandhill Python ancestors. The snakes evaded the hunters by digging holes (depicted as circles) into the sand, creating the soakage. Eventually they were caught and carried back to the camp to eat. Their dead bodies are the sinuous shapes surrounding the circles. Later, many young snakes hatched from the creek and dispersed over the land.

Container
Lampintjanya container 1978 made by Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi.

Container 1978, Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi
pigment on wood