Bush Santa Christmas Card
Bush Santa Christmas Card

Niningka Lewis Profile & Artworks

Bush Santa Christmas Card

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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.

Anangu are increasingly exploring contemporary themes and this painting is a quirky mix of the Christian and bush traditions. Niningka shows Santa with his sack of presents greeted by the desert animals: emu, goanna, snake, echidna and kangaroo. 

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