Special Programs

Tjala Arts Collaborative. Courtesy Ananguku Arts Community Collection. Photo: I. Morton.



29 March – 22 June 2014

Special Exhibitions Gallery Ground Floor     


The South Australian Museum is providing the venue for the Ngintaka exhibition, a songline from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY Lands), told by Anangu Traditional Owners.

The Ngintaka exhibition tells the story of the Wati Ngintaka, the Perentie Lizard Man who journeyed far from home seeking the source of a mysterious, haunting sound, that of a special grindstone. This grindstone produced seed cakes of delectable flavour and texture. The owners of the grindstone were happy to share it but Wati Ngintaka was not happy with that.

The exhibition tells this story through stunning artworks that have been created by Aboriginal artists from the arts centres on the APY Lands.

This multi-layered exhibition combines song, story, dance, painting, carving, tjanpi, audio and a 360-degree film installation – Anangu and western knowledge complementing each other in the fields of archaeology, rock art and multimedia technology.

Why not complement the experience with a visit to the two Aboriginal Cultures Galleries at the Museum.

Free Entry
Bookings essential:
Contact the Education Team


Image above: Tjala Arts Collaborative – Paniny Mick, Tingila (Yaritji) Young, Tjungkara Ken, Freda Ken, Marinka Tunkin and Sandra Ken, Ngintaka Tjukurpa – Perentie Man Story, 2012. Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 197 × 198 cm. Courtesy Ananguku Arts Community Collection. Photo Iain Morton.