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Pintupi language group

Uta Uta (Wuta Wuta) Tjangala.
Uta Uta (Wuta Wuta) Tjangala. Flinders University Art Museum Collection. Photo: Professor JVS Megaw

about 1926–90

Tjangala was conceived at the site of Ngurrapalangu in the Kiwirrkura area of the Gibson Desert, and through this was connected to the Yina (Old Man) Dreaming story that runs from Ngurrapalangu and through Yumari.

He was one of the original Papunya group of artists and an inspirational figure in the art movement, painting continuously until the late 1980s. In the late 1970s he travelled extensively through the fringes of the Western Desert and together with other Pintupi leaders developed a plan for returning to their traditional lands.

He finally settled in Muyin, an outstation west of Kintore, in the early 1980s.

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