Kuniya (Python)
Kuniya (Python)
Kuniya (Python)

Cynthia Burke Profile & Artworks

Kuniya (Python)

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Contemporary carvings by Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known as punu, hand carved and 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. 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 usually Kuniya (python), Liru (dangerous snake) or Wanampi (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

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