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Wati Ngintaka munu Minyma Tjirilya by David Miller 91 x 45 cm
Wati Ngintaka munu Minyma Tjirilya by David Miller 91 x 45 cm

Wati Ngintaka munu Minyma Tjirilya by David Miller 91 x 45 cm

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Acrylic on canvas 
91 x 45cm
2020

This is the story about Wati Ngintaka (gonna man) and Minyma Tjirilya (female Echina). One day the Porcupine saw Ngintaka tracks in her country, ‘Tjilikan’, Western Australia. She followed these tracks slowly, as she was not a fast animal. They met and became partners. They travelled together to another rockhole, looking for another place to stay. ‘Tjilikan’ is Nampitjin Miller’s Aunty’s place.   

 

About the Artist

David Miller was born the traditional way out in the bush, east of Kalka, South Australia. His date of birth is not confirmed, but would be around 1951. His parents first took him to Pukatja (Ernabella), later he grew up in Curtin Springs and became a farm hand as a young adult. He worked on Curtin Springs Station until he moved to Orinda Community and later to Manguna Community in the Northern Territory.

Finally, he returned to the APY Lands and settled in Kanpi. He started painting with arts facilitator Amanda Dent and became a member and director of the original Tjungu Palya studios. In 2016, he resigned from Tjungu Palya and moved to Kalka Community and became the Community’s chair person. In the same year, he joined Ninuku Arts and became the chair of Ninuku Arts.

David's wide portfolio of collaborative and personal work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. His paintings are composed as traditional hunting maps, drawn in the sand. They typically depict important tracks of this region overlaid with the physical and spiritual geographies associated with them.