Contemporary carvings by Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known as punu, hand carved and often decorated with walka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. The animals all have their associations with the Tjukurpa, the stories of the Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Tjukurpa is celebrated in inma (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 and Wanampi (Python, Venomous Snake and Water Serpent) are the three major snake ancestors most commonly referred to.
Tjulpu tjuta or birds of the desert range in size and species from the tiniest nyii-nyii or zebra finch to large walawuru, the wedge tail eagle.
Jason has brought his own fusion of traditional and contemporary Tjukurpa to this unusual and imaginative carving.
Artist: Jason Mitchell
Title: Serpant Stick
Medium: Wanari - Mulga Wood