Ngankariku Tjukurpa

Selina Kulitja Profile & Artworks

Ngankariku Tjukurpa

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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.

The dotting technique has become a Centralian tradition, evolving with the adaptation of traditional painting for public display and as a depiction of the landscape and its different habitats.

Selina's painting reflects strong culture: ancestral travels, celebrating the sacred nature of the country and its interrelated plant, animal and human inhabitants. It 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.

Selina has painted a group of children with the ngangkari who is protecting them from mamu or evil spirits.


Artist: Selina Kulitja
Title: Ngankariku Tjukurpa
Size: 900x1200mm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

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