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Djapu clan, Dhuwa moiety

Mutitjpuy Mununggurr
Mutitjpuy Munuŋgurr. Photo: JA Davidson


Mutitjpuy is the first bark painter to win the National Aboriginal Art Award at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, in 1990.

He was known as a philosopher and had the authority to paint both Dhuwa and Yirritja subjects, and was the son of Woŋgu Munuŋgurr (about 1874–1958), the renowned Djapu leader and warrior.

At a young age Mutitjpuy moved to Yirrkala, where he was raised and tutored by Mawalan Marika.

He was also influenced by his father-in-law, Muŋgurrawuy Yunupiŋu, who introduced him to Yirritja law. Mutitjpuy’s paintings featured in Art of the Dreamtime at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1974, and The Inspired Dream at the World Expo, Brisbane, in 1988.

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