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- n. Any member of an Australian Aboriginal group whose homeland is in the area west of Lake MacDonald and Lake Mackay in Western Australia.
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The Pintupi people tend to bold symmetrically ordered designs that reflect their hierarchical society; the Anmatyerre tend to filigree and interlace — more individualistically, comments Fred Myers.
The Pintupi “are phenomenological,” and after laying out the design do not explain anything, but expect you to experience it; the Warlpuri “are cerebral, they explain everything.”
But for sheer power, the Pintupi artists, whose works are prevalent in this show, create arresting images time and again; an example is Mystery Sand Mosaic, by Shorty Lungkarta Tungurrayi.
Bushfires and Bushtucker, the title of his definitive book surveying the use of plants and fire by the Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, Arrernte, Pintupi and other central Australian Aboriginal peoples, describes his passions well enough.
The designs from which these paintings are drawn are thousands of years old but still in regular use today; they appear in body painting for religious ceremonies and in the temporary ground paintings at ceremonial sites of the Pintupi and Warlpiri Aboriginal groups.
The most impressive of them was by Nosepeg, an old Pintupi man of the western deserts who once met the Queen and introduced himself on equal terms as King of the Pintupi’.