Contemporary carvings byAnangu(Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known aspunu, hand carved and often decorated withwalka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. The animals all have their associations with theTjukurpa, the stories of the Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Tjukurpa is celebrated ininma(ceremony, song, and dance), story telling and art work. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians.
This carving combines the traditional skills used in making a digging stick, traditional dancing club, men’s club or ceremonial pole.
The serpent relates to one of the many stories of different snakes and the landforms and Laws they were responsible for creating.Kuniya, Liru andWanampi(Python, Venomous Snake and Water Serpent) are the three major snake ancestors most commonly referred to.
Tjulpu tjutaor birds of the desert range in size and species from the tiniestnyii-nyiior zebra finch to largewalawuru, the wedge tail eagle.
Jason has brought his own fusion of traditional and contemporary Tjukurpa to this unusual and imaginative carving.