Before 1984, the Pintupi Nine lived just as their ancestors had done. Waterholes in this area are often 40km (25 miles) apart or more, and every day was spent walking in the relentless heat from one to another. “Sometimes there was no water, so we would hunt for goanna,” says Yukultji. The blood of these monitor lizards provided vital moisture when a water soak was dry.
The subject of his paintings relates to the ‘Tingari ancestors’, the sacred sites, and water soakages in the Gibson Desert so important to these ancestors and his people.
Images of Pintupi 9 from The Australian (News publication)
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