Ngangkari (traditional healer)

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Ngangkari (traditional healer)

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Desert painting is inextricably linked with the Tjukurpa or the Law and way of life of Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people). The symbols of desert paintings were traditionally used in cave, ground and body paintings. Meaning of the designs depends on the subject of the painting and particular people are responsible for their re-creation and teaching according to the Tjukurpa.

Charmaines painting refers to the teachings of Tjukurpa around ngangkari, a doctor or traditional healer. A ngankari’s skills are inherited and involve protecting people from evil spirits and healing illness caused by the loss or imbalance of spirit.

 

Details

Artist: Charmaine Kulitja
Title: Ngankari (traditional healer)
Size: 91cm x 62cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas


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