Grandfather’s Country

Lucinda James Profile & Artworks

Grandfather’s Country

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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. The dotting technique has evolved to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.

'Ngayulu nyaani tjukurpa ngayuku tjamuku ngura. Ngura Kulpitjaranya, ngayuku tjamuku Tjukurpa.' Lucinda James.

'I am doing a story for my grandfather's country.  Kulpitjara is the place of my grandfather's story.' 

Kulpitjara lies south of Uluru and the grandfather Lucinda is painting for is the late Walter Pukutiwara, one of the founders of Maruku and an important spokesperson for his Law and culture. The Tjukurpa or story for Kulpitjara is that of the Kalaya or Emu Ancestors.


Artist: Lucinda James

Size: 15cm x 20cm

Medium: Acrylic on canvas 

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