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Pintupi language group

Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka.
Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka. Photo: Tim Johnson

about 1938–2000

Born in the Kintore Range, Tjapanangka grew up in the bush and later came to Lajamanu (Hooker Creek) with his parents. Though he was one of Papunya Tula's original shareholders, he didn't paint until 1975.

He was the first chairman of the Warlungurru (Kintore) Council after the Pintupi moved back to their traditional lands in 1981 and was deeply involved in the success of the new community.

He resumed painting in this period, often enlisting his wife, Narpula Scobie Napurrula, sister of Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, to paint the dotted backgrounds.

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