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Minyma Kutjara by Angkaliya Nelson 91 x 61 cm

Minyma Kutjara by Angkaliya Nelson 91 x 61 cm

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Minyma Kutjara

91 x 61 cm

Acrylic on canvas


Minyma Kutjara (two women) travel from the other side of Makura Piti heading north. The two sisters stop halfway near Wingellina. The younger one keeps looking back because she is homesick. The big sister said "why you looking back, why you crying? We are going long way." They travelled around all the different country. The younger sister realises that the older one is pregnant, she thinks how could that be there are no men. But there are men, sneaky men, and they camp with the older sister at night. This story is a women's and men's business story. The two girls keep travelling up past Docker River.

About the Artist


Angkaliya Nelson was born in 1960 at the Ernabella Mission in Pukatja, South Australia. She later grew up in Amata, where she met her husband and had two children. During the late 1970s and the “Homeland Movement”, Angkaliya and her family made the move west to Pipalyatjara to be closer to her traditional home lands. She continues to live in Pipalyatjara today.

Angkaliya is a highly skilled craftswoman and artist. Like many other Anangu women, she has learnt the craft of ‘punu’ (wood carving and burning) and ‘tjanpi’ (grass weaving). In all of her crafts, including her modern dot work paintings, Angkaliya draws influence from ‘Mamungara’ and ‘Kungkarrakalpa Tjukurpa’, Seven Sisters Dreamtime stories.