Paintings depict theTjukurpa, 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.
Minymatjuta, senior women, as in any culture, have significant roles to play in the care of family and the wider community. Much time is spent in groups together discussing and organizing anything from hunting and child rearing to the teaching and protection of the harmony of kin and country via enacting and passing on the Tjukurpa.
Tjukapati says she has paintedminyma kutju munu tjitji tjuta-a woman with children. The children lie in front of the fire in the sheltering curve of their mother’s body. Tjukapati has also painted a number of water holes and shown the family group at four different camp sites.
Artist: Tjukapati James
Title: Minyma Kutju Tjitji Tjuta ~ Woman with Children