Waru (Fire)

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Waru (Fire)

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Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.

The artist has painted ngura - homelands and their numerous sites and waterholes. By their very nature they mark sites related to the Creation Ancestors’ journeys across the country; the ‘dreaming tracks’ followed by countless generations of Anangu since. The sites are linked through inma or ceremony - the singing, dancing and body painting which reveals the laws of nature and provides a blue print for life and a guiding map of country. 

They are protected by burning done to an ancient formula. This burning, known as nyaruni (clearing by fire), also replenishes the country with fresh food plants for both Anangu and the animals they hunt. 

In paintings such as this one Anangu share, celebrate and pass on the Tjukurpa and the links it forms with their country and kin. 


Artist: Freda Teamay
Title: Waru (Fire)
Size: 92 x 61 cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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