Ngayuku Ngura (My Country)

Rene Kulitja Profile & Artworks

Ngayuku Ngura (My Country)

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Walka is Desert design and inextricably linked with Tjukurpa: the Law and way of life of Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people). The symbols were traditionally used in cave, ground and body paintings, in story telling, teaching and signalling inheritance. Meaning of the designs depends on its subject and particular people are responsible for their re-creation and teaching according to the Tjukurpa. Highly experienced craftspeople have grown up making traditional tools and weapons under the instruction of their elders. They now apply this knowledge and express their world through art such as this.

Renie has painted ngura (her country). Formed by the Creation Ancestors’ journeys across the country, their ‘dreaming tracks’ have been followed by countless generations of Anangu since. As well as landforms, they also created customs to be passed on and maintained over subsequent generations. The sites are linked through inma or ceremony - the singing, dancing and body painting which reveals the laws of nature and provides a blue print for life and a guiding map of country.

Tali, pila, tjata, karu munu murpu (sand dunes, grass plains bushland, rivers and hills) are the main habitat areas identified by Anangu and the similarity of Rene's painting to a topographic map shows how closely aligned the Tjukurpa is to a western scientific understanding of country.


Artist : Rene Kulitja
Title : Ngura (Country)
Size : 120 x 90 cm
Medium : Acrylic on Belgian Linen

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