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Whiskey Tjukangku (1939 – 2015)

Whiskey Tjukangku

Born in the bush, Whiskey grew up at the Ernabella mission. As a young man he worked as a desert stockman alongside life-long friends and painting colleagues Alec Baker, Peter Mungkuri, and Jimmy Pompey. Whiskeys canvases captivated viewers with their lyrical narratives and iconic motifs of Arrernte Country, his knowledge of country and culture richly embedded within his canvas, his works are held in collections across Australia. Also a renowned Ngangkari (traditional healer,) Whiskey was featured in the book Traditional Healers of the Central Desert. Whiskey leaves behind a legacy as a cowboy, painter, and Ngangkari; he is remembered as a man of character, integrity, and sharp sense of humour.