Kuniya and Liru (Python Woman & Venomous Snake Man)

Elsie Taylor Profile & Artworks

Kuniya and Liru (Python Woman & Venomous Snake Man)

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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 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.


Kuniya or Python Tjukurpa is related directly to Uluru as an ancestor of the Tjukurpa or Creation time. Minyma Kuniya, a senior python woman, journeyed from the east back to her home here, bearing her eggs to be born. On arrival she placed her precious burden in a burrow on the eastern side of the rock. While she was travelling however, an army of Wati Liru, Venomous Snake Men had marched from the west to carry out a revenge killing on her nephew Wati Kuniya. In her own revenge,the Kuniya woman struck dead one of the Liru warriors and left the marks of her anger clearly to beseen on the face of Uluru.

Details

Artist: Elsie Taylor
Title: Kuniya & Liru Tjukurpa Uluru 
Size: 300 x 300 mm
Medium: Pyrography & Acrylic Paint on Plywood 

 


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