Minymaku Tjukurpa (Woman's Law)

Cecilia Yakiti Profile & Artworks

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. 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.


Cecilia is based with her family at Mutitjulu in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Cecilia started painting as a young child learning from school and many of her family group are painters. Her family has a strong involvement in looking after traditional country. Paintings like Cecelias are a way of continuing to celebrate and teach through the Tjukurpa.


Artist : Cecilia Yakiti
Title : Minymaku (Womans Business)
Born : 1973
Community : Mutitjulu
Language : Pitjantjatjara
Code : G5072
Size : 30 x 30 cm
Medium : Acrylic on Canvas

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