Tjukurpa Mankurpa (Three Stories)

Brenda Tjiwiri

Tjukurpa Mankurpa (Three Stories)

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Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of 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.

Kuniya munu Liru or Python and Deadly Snake is one of the Creation stories for Uluru. Minyma Kuniya, a senior python woman, journeyed from the east back to her home here, bearing her eggs to be born. While she was travelling however, an army of Wati Liru, Venomous Snake Men had marched from the west to carry out a revenge killing on her nephew Wati Kuniya. In her own revenge,the Kuniya woman struck dead one of the Liru warriors and left the marks of her anger on the face of Uluru.

Kungkarangkalpa is the Tjukurpa of the Seven Sisters, concerning a group of women being pursued by a cunning man called Nyiru who attempts to lure them into marriage with him. They travelled through a vast amount of Australia, each woman with her wana munu piti, digging stick and collecting bowl. Nyiru has his kulata, miru munu kali, spear, spearthrower. and boomerangs. Brenda has painted them with the bush foods kampurarpa, unturngu, ilimunu mangata, (bush tomato, bush banana, fig and quandong).

Eventually they fled into the sky where they became the constellation known as the Pleaides or Seven Sisters with Nyiru still following them ceaselessly as one of the bright stars in the constellation known as Orion.

Minyma Kutjara, the Two Women, are also important Creation Ancestors who's stories are still used today to inform the important rituals and work of women. They are painted with two lizards and their eggs.


Artist: Brenda Tjiwiri
Title: Tjukurpa Mankurpa (Three Stories) 
Size: 67x92cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

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