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: Katie Brown Language group: Pitjantjatjarra Location: Tjuntjuntjarra, Great Victoria Desert WA medium: hand carved sculpture - 'kataiya' - Limestone Wattle, Acacia sclerosperma dimensions (mm): 905 x 145 x 70mm weight: 1kg