Lungkata (Blue-Tongue Lizard)

Christine Brumby Profile & Artworks

Lungkata (Blue-Tongue Lizard)

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Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors who laid down the landscape and the Laws which form the basis of culture for Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people). Present day descendants have strict responsibilities in protecting and teaching Tjukurpa and the now well known dotting technique evolved both to adapt its sacred expressions for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.

Lungkata, the Blue-tongue lizard is a Creation Ancestor related to Uluru. He travelled from the west in the Creation time and made a camp high on the western face of the rock.

Wati Panpanpalala, Crested Bellbird Man also travelled to Uluru after hunting an emu. While he slept to recover from his journey Lungkata discovered his camp site and greedily stole the emu meat.

When Panpanpalala found out, he lit a fire which burnt out the Blue-tongue’s camp and he fell to his death from the top of the rock. Known as Mita Kampantja, the fire scars coloured and shaped the surface of Uluru at this point.


Artist: Christine Brumby
Title: Lungkata
Size: 30 x 30 cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

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