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Minyma Kutjara

Alison Watson
Synthetic Polymer on Canvas
65.5 x 35.3 cm
Minyma Kutjara Arts Project


Minyma Kutjara (Two women) is one of the most important women’s creation stories of the western and southern deserts and a special story for Irrunytju. It tells the story of the difficult journey of two sisters who travelled throughout these vast lands. The story is one that has been told many times through dance and painting. The places where the sisters travelled and rested can be traced through the desert, their actions often created landmarks, rock holes and mountain ranges. Near Irrunytju the sisters sat on two hills and made hair belts in preparation for important women’s business. They threw their wana (digging stick) creating the rock hole here.

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.


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