With the imminent release of Samsung’s new Galaxy S device, we’re very excited to be working with our grand master Indigenous ICON Artist, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, on a brand new case series.

The ICON Ronnie Tjampitjinpa cases for iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th gen. - Rainmaking and Echidna Dreaming - have been a huge success; featured in the New York Times and sold to all corners of the globe.

One of our new ICON Art Series Samsung cases will be based on Ronnie’s artwork ‘Perentie Dreaming At Walungurru'.

The Perentie is the largest Monitor Lizard or Goanna native to Australia and can grow up to 8 feet or 2.5 meters in length. They’re found in the arid deserts of Northern Territory and Western Australia in the remote North of Australia. 

The Perentie are strongly associated with Aboriginal dreamtime myths in this region and we’ve been able obtain the dreaming story behind Ronnie’s artwork;

'Perentie Dreaming At Walungurru'

This painting depicts designs associated with the site of Walungurru or Kintore.

“In ancestral times, a Ngintaka (Perentie) came to this site from the west.

Two women tracked the Ngintaka to Kintore and eventually found it. One held the ngintaka while the other killed it.

When the ngintaka died, it turned to stone and became the mountain, a very prominent landmark next to the Kintore community.”

This site is associated with the Tingari Song Cycle. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

Generally, the Tingari are a group of ancestral beings of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites.

The Tingari men were usually followed by Tingari women and were accompanied by novices, and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These ancestral stories form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

Visit our ICON Ronnie Tjampitjinpa page to find out more about the series and stay tuned for the ‘Perentie Dreaming’ case for the new Samsung device.

For more information on Ronnie’s artwork, visit Papunya Tula Artists.

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