Kuniya Tjukurpa (Python Snake Story)

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Kuniya Tjukurpa (Python Snake Story)

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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.

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 toreturn to Uluru and bring her children to be born on their traditional land. Travelling from Waltanta (Erldunda) in the east and camping on the way 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, racing over the last dune, 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 come from the west and 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 ritually danced up her power and pounded her grief intothe head of the Liru man. Remaining in evidence of her revenge are two long gashes in the side ofthe rock at the site of her battle.


Artist: Bonnie Connolly
Title: Kuniya Tjukurpa (Python Snake Story)
Size: 60 x 60 cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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