Kurpany Tjukurpa

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Kurpany Tjukurpa

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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.

This painting relates to the Mala, or Rufous Hare Wallaby people who travelled from the north to perform ceremonies at Uluru. While they were there the Wintalyka men from the west extended an invitation to attend similar ceremony in their country and they were deeply offended when the Mala men refused.

The powerful senior Wintalyka, men created an evil spirit, Kurpany, a giant magic, monster dingo to attack and chase the mala away to Ulkiya in the south. It was able to transform itself at will into any shape or form it chose to exact revenge on their behalf.



Artist : Patricia Patterson

Title: Kurpany Tjukurpa

Size: 60 x 60 cm 

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

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