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Pintupi language group

Mick Namararri Tjapaltjarri.
Mick Namararri Tjapaltjarri. Flinders University Art Museum Collection. Photo: Professor JVS Megaw

about 1927–98

Born at Marnpi in Pintupi country south-east of present-day Kintore, Tjapaltjarri and his sister were brought up by relatives after their parents were killed by a revenge party.

Later they went to Hermannsburg, where Tjapaltjarri attended the mission school before working as a stockman at stations across Central Australia. In 1971 he was one of several Papunya councillors who became founding members of Papunya Tula Artists.

In the 1990s he was recognised as one of the painting movement's elder statesmen, and in 1994 was awarded the Australia Council's prestigious Red Ochre Award.

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