Reggie Uluru

Wati Ngintaka Perentie Lizard Man


Maruku Arts x2138
Acrylic on canvas
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Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The doting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians but for this story they have been able to make some details open for sharing. The Ngintaka or Perentie lizard(Varanus giganteus) is the largest lizard of Central Australia and a highly prized and important food. It is powerful Tjukurpa, celebrated in inma (ceremony, song, and dance), story telling and art work. Wati Ngintaka(Perentie Man) Tjukurpa stretches from one side of South Australia to the other, many sacred sites marking his passage from the first greedy sighting of a prized grindstone, to his death in punishment for its theft. Coded in this Law story is intricate information about the country and its food and water sources as well as instructions for maintaining the balance and harmony of society. Paintings such as this are a contemporary way of continuing to celebrate and teach through the Tjukurpa. The ngintaka has become one of Reggie's most significant themes. He says it is important Tjukurpa for his lands and moreover its kuka wiru - the best meat!

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Reggie Uluru
Wati Ngintaka Perentie Lizard Man
Maruku Arts x2138 Acrylic on canvas 92 x 61 cm