Minymaku Tjukurpa (Woman's Law)

Mary Mumu

Minymaku Tjukurpa (Woman's Law)

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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.

Paluru minyma kulira Tjukurpa tjunanyi, Tjukurpa kulila. Minyma kamiku Tjukurpa, culture kulira palyani, kunpu atunymankuntjaku. Watiku wiya. Minymaku Tjukurpa palulanguru tjunanyi. Tjukurpa tjuta minymangku pulka kanyini: mai; kuka; walytja; inma kanyini. Kunpu kanyini. Minyma Pitjantjatjara

A woman thinks and paints Tjukurpa. Listen to how it is: Women understand the ways of their culture from their grandmothers’ teachings and work to keep these strong. This isn’t the business of men. Women act according to Women’s Law. They hold a vast number of important teachings: to do with food; family; celebrations and education. They have strong culture. Senior Pitjantjatjara woman.


Artist : Mary Mumu
Title : Minymaku Tjukurpa
Community : Mutitjulu
Language : Pitjantjatjara
Size : 590x1000mm
Medium : Acrylic on Canvas

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