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The two sisters stopped at Ilkuwaratjara and carved a warna (digging stick). The punu (wood) was really straight, an indication of magic from Wati-Nyiru, the magic man who was in constant pursuit of the sisters. The little sister was getting homesick, but the big sister said; "No, I am taking you to meet your family." Along the way they were digging for kuka (meat such as goanna) and niny (bilby) - they were happy to have a good feed.

'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. This tjukurrpa tells how two sisters travelled north together. The big sister was taking the little sister to meet her family for the first time. She had been raised by others and did not want to leave them. They walked and walked and walked, stopping to perform Inma (sacred dancing and singing), to hunt and to sleep.

The little sister was frightened. She cried and so the big sister carried her on her back and told her stories to soothe her. 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 rockhole here. They travelled to an area known as Mantaruta, near Uluru, where they had an encounter with a curious water snake (wanampi). They chased him deep into the ground trying to catch him. They burned their body hair to
attract him, hit him on the head then ran! From afar they threw a traditional head ring (manguri) which also hits him. Nyiru came after them in revenge! They continued their journey with bravery, triumphant at their success to out wit and out run Nyiru. The 'U' shapes in the painting are the sisters. Next to them are their warna.

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