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Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin

Mimili, SA

"I paint the Antara storyline, the Witchetty Grub Tjukurpa. The Witchetty Grub story is the main one; it's truly huge; it's a big ceremony. There are three deep rock holes where we go, the main ones. It's a very old storyline from a long time ago, and I was taught about it when I moved to Mimili as a young girl. Now I look after it and teach the children about it, the Antara story."

About the Artist

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin is a senior Pitjantjatjara artist committed to passing on her cultural knowledge to the next generation of Anangu. Tuppy was born in the bush near Bumbali Creek, to her father, Nguyarangu, from Docker River, and her mother, Emily Nyanyanta, from Wintutjuru, west of Kaltjiti/Fregon on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. She moved to Mimili with her family at a young age. At the time, Mimili was called Everard Park, a cattle station that was returned to Aboriginal ownership through the 1981 Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act.

Tuppy was a preschool teacher at the Mimili Anangu School for 30 years, sharing stories through inma (dance and song) and storytelling. She has been painting at Mimili Maku Arts since 2009, capturing in a dynamic and intuitive way the stories given to her through her heritage.

As the chairperson of Mimili Maku Arts, Tuppy has represented her art centre on multiple occasions since 2009. Alongside her late husband Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams (1952�2019), Tuppy has been a strong leader and mentor to young Anangu in Mimili. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was first shortlisted for the Telstra NATSIAA in 2018.

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