Minyma Kutjara & Puli Mankurpa

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Minyma Kutjara & Puli Mankurpa

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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.

Minyma Kutjara, the Two Women, travelled the artist's lands during the creation period, hunting and adventuring along the way and forming many aspects of the landscape. They also left behind information still used today about the important rituals and work of women.

The artist has painted what is like a map that only she and other people of this country can read. Coded in the landscape and in the Creation or Law stories is the information needed to hunt and survive. Dot paintings like this one are a contemporary way of continuing to celebrate and teach through the Tjukurpa.

The artist has also painted Puli Mankurpa, three landmarks that stand in a line running east to west in Central Australia: Atila (Mt Connor); Uluru; and Kata Tjuta. 
Concentric circles represent these important sites which by their very nature are also water points. They mark sites related to the Creation Ancestors’ journeys across the country; the ‘dreaming tracks’ followed by countless generations of Anangu since. They created landforms and customs to be passed on and maintained over subsequent generations. The sites are linked through inma or ceremony - the singing, dancing and body painting which reveals the laws of nature and provides a blue print for life and a guiding map of country. 


Artist: Lilly tjiwiri

Title: Minyma Kutjara & Puli Mankurpa 

Size: 15x20

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas 


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