The Punttu Family Exhibition
Punttu is often translated into English as ‘skin name’. It is certainly a name. Each Warumungu person has one, maybe two, punttu. Women’s punttu start with N, like Nappanangka, while men’s punttu start with J, like Jappanangka. You use them instead of personal names when talking to people ‘Hey Nappanangka!’, or when talking about people ‘Nappanangka’s gone home’. We don’t really know where ‘skin’ came from. Perhaps it reflects the fact that your punttu is as much part of you as your skin is. You can’t change it.
There are sixteen Warumungu punttu, eight for women, and eight for men. So there are eight punttu groups, sometimes called ‘skin groups’. Nappanangka and Jappanangka are in the same group. These eight punttu groups can be merged together into two large groups, called Kingili and Wurlurru. These are ‘patrimoieties’. People are usually in the opposite patrimoiety from their mothers, and in the same patrimoiety as their father.
UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS
PAST EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS
Jimmy, Joseph and Nathaniel were at the recent Barkly Artist Camp working with some of the other men making boomerangs, number 7s and learning about media with other artists.
The ‘Tennant Creek Superstars’ are a selection of key works from the men’s painters of Tenant Creek.