Tinka Kutjara (Two Sand Goannas)
Tinka Kutjara (Two Sand Goannas)
Tinka Kutjara (Two Sand Goannas)

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Tinka Kutjara (Two Sand Goannas)

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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 details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians and it is not possible to describe this animal’s story.

Kurkati, tinka, milpali or sand goannas, live in the sandhills and plains country and  have always been an important source of kuka (meat) for Anangu of this area. They are still hunted in the spring and summer time when they have ended their underground hibernation and can easily be tracked across the red sands.

They are also among the most widely carved of animals on the lands. Being such a highly prized food it’s no wonder that close study of its every move for centuries has led to it being so widely carved on the lands in the last few decades.

Details

Artist: Justine Anderson
Size: 420x90x37mm
Medium: 'Itara' - River Red Gum, Eucalyptus camaldulensis 
Weight: 0.266kg

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