Kuniya And Kungkarangkalpa

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Kuniya And Kungkarangkalpa

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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 depiction of the desert landscape.

The Kuniya or Python Snake people have lived at Uluru since the Tjukurpa or Creation Times. One senior Kuniya woman had been away for some time and wished to return to Uluru. Travelling from Waltanta (Erldunda) in the east and camping at Pakupaku near Mt Connor, she carried her eggs around her throat like a necklace.

Nearing Uluru, she sensed that all was not well so she hurriedly placed her eggs at Kuniya Piti for safe keeping and headed around to the western side of the rock. A Warmala or revenge party of Liru men, Dangerous Snake ancestors, had speared her nephew. In extreme grief and rage she attacked and killed one of the Liru warriors at Mutitjulu Waterhole. With her digging stick she pounded her grief into the head of the Liru man. Remaining in evidence of her revenge are two long gashes in the side of the rock at the site of her battle.

Kungkarangkalpa is the Tjukurpa of the Seven Sisters, concerning a group of women being pursued by a cunning man called Nyiru who attempts to lure them into marriage with him. He disguises himself in countless ways to trick the sisters, and is sometimes also invisible in paintings. In their escape the sisters travelled through a vast amount of Australia. They stopped to camp, build shelters and hunt for food, thus forming many features of the landscape and embedding the knowledge of survival in it. Eventually they fled into the sky where they became the constellation known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. Nyiru still follows them ceaselessly across the night sky as one of the bright stars in the constellation of Orion.

Details

Artist : Millie Coulthard
Title : Kuniya And Kungkarangkalpa
Community : Mutitjulu
Language : Pitjantjatjara
Size : 30 x 30 cms
Medium : Acrylic on Canvas


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