?Angkatji (Rini) Nola Tiger
Wati Ngintaka is an epic Tjukurpa (dreamtime) story from the Anangu Pitjatjantjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. Rini has depicted just one part of the Ngintaka story in this painting. Wati Ngintaka (literally translating to Ngintaka Man – the ngintaka is a very large monitor lizard with large yellow spots) travels across a vast area of the landscape as he is on the run after stealing the Yankunytjatjara women’s tjungari – grinding stone. He is holding the tjungari in his tail, and he leaves a trail in the sand as he runs along.
The tracks that the Ngintaka has left with his tail can be seen making patterns all over this painting.
In the Ngintaka story, the people eventually catch up to the ngintaka and they spear and kill him. The Yankunytjatjara people got their grinding stone back and they were very happy. They use this stone to make bush food – they grind wangunu seeds and mix it with water to make damper.