Contemporary carvings byAnangu(Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known aspunu, hand carved and often decorated withwalka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. The animals all have their associations with theTjukurpa, the stories of the Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Tjukurpa is celebrated ininma(ceremony, song, and dance), story telling and art work. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians.
Artist: Dianne Strangways Language: Pitjantjatjarra Location: Indulkana, APY Lands, South Australia. Medium: 'Itara' - River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis with pyrography. Dimensions: 550 x 35 x 30mm Weight: 0.3kg