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Pintupi language group

Yumpuluru Tjungurrayi.
Yumpuluru Tjungurrayi. Photo: Fred Myers

about 1930–98

As a boy, Tjungurrayi travelled with his family over the country between Jupiter Well and Kiwirrkura, in the Gibson Desert, before making contact with Europeans.

His close friendship with Anatjari (Yanyatjarri) Tjampitjinpa dated from this time. Tjungurrayi came to Papunya in 1964 and was one of the original Papunya Tula shareholders.

In 1981 he joined the Pintupi in their move back to their traditional lands at Kintore, later settling in Kiwirrkura. He painted a few small boards in the 1970s, often distinctive for their quirky designs.

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