Traditional Western Desert Women's Club

Unknown Artist

Traditional Western Desert Women's Club

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Carvings by Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known as punu, hand carved and often 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. Tjukurpa is celebrated in inma (ceremony, song, and dance), story telling and art work. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians.


Artist: Unknown
Language group: Pitjantjatjarra, Ngaanyatjarra, Yankunytjatjara
Location: Central Western Desert, Australia
Medium: 'wanari' - Desert Mulga, Acacia aneura with 'kiti' (spinifex resin) 
Dimensions (mm): 620 x 45 x 40
Weight: 0.8kg

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