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.
Minymatjuta, the senior women, are responsible for much knowledge about water: collecting it from the rockholes, soaks and creek beds, in traditional times transporting it in bowls balanced skilfully on their heads. They visit the waterholes today to teach the Tjukurpa and recount the history of their ancestors.
Pantjiti has painted a vision of her country, lines of spears to mark the law, pretty flowers to show the joy and kapi tjukula tjuta or water holes for survival. By their very nature waterholes also mark sites related to the Creation Ancestors’ journeys across the country; the ‘dreaming tracks’ followed by countless generations of Anangu since. The sites are linked through inma or ceremony - the singing, dancing and body painting which reveals the laws of nature and provides a blue print for life and a guiding map of country.
Artist: Charmaine Kulitja Title: Kapi Tjukurla (Water Holes) Size: 60 x 60cm Medium: Acrylic on Canvas