Contemporary carvings byAnangu(Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known aspunu, hand carved and 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. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians but where possible, the details of a carving’s story will be described.
Snakes carved on the lands are usuallyKuniya(python), Liru(dangerous snake) orWanampi(water serpent) and have connections with the Tjukurpa dependent on the artist, their kin and country.
Artist: Cynthia Burke Language group: Ngaanyatjarra Location: Warakurna, Ngaanyatjarra Lands, WA (Gibson Desert) medium: pyrography on 'itara' - River red gum root, Eucalyptus camaldulensis dimensions (mm): 523 x 150 x 85mm weight: 0.3kg