Thepitior wooden bowl is a traditional woman’s carrying vessel for food and water usually carved from the trunk of a Desert Bloodwood or a root section of the river Red Gum tree. Contemporary artists usewalka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. These relateTjukurpa, stories about theTjukuritjaor Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians so it is not possible to describe the full story behind the walka.
Dianne doesn’t elaborate on the stories behind her walka, however she shows many of the animals and plants that populate the lands. Their various ancestors were responsible for creating important parts of her country and way of life. The most common snakes to appear in design are thekuniya,liruandwanampi: pythons, deadly snakes and water serpents, guardians of waterholes. Sometimes they are depicted with their eggs.
Minyma tjuta,Central Desert women, traditionally travelled through their country hunting forkurkati, tinka, milpalior sand goannas living in the sand hills and plains country. Thengintaka, a large spotted perentie lizard is more often found in rocky areas and both these lizards have always been an important source ofkuka(meat) for Anangu of this area. They are still hunted in the spring and summer time when they have ended their underground hibernation and can easily be tracked across the red sands.
Artist: Dianne Strangways
Title: Wira (Collecting Bowl)
Size: Length: 420mm Width: 180mm x Height 145mm
Medium: 'Itara' - River Red Gum branch, Eucalyptus camaldulensis