Anangu (Central & Western Desert Aboriginal people) live by the Laws laid down in the Tjukurpa or Creation Period. Coded in the stories of the ancestors or original beings, are guidelines for life, and painting is a way of both celebrating and imparting this vital 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. Concentric circles mark the actions of the ancestors during the creation period. As they hunted, travelled and adventured along the way they formed many aspects of the landscape. They left behind information still used today about the important rituals and work of women.
"The young women are travelling around the country near Kaltukarjara (Docker River) with the older ladies. They are learning many things about where to collect special grasses and flowers and other types of bush tucker." - Trudy Brumby
Artist: Trudy Brumby Title: Minyma Tjukurpa (Many Women in Ceremony) Location: Kaltukatjara, NT Medium: Arilyic on canvas