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.
The decorated ‘u’ shape figures are the people who still meet today to share and celebrate and pass on the different Tjukurpa and the links it forms with other parts of their country and kin. Concentric circles usually represent important sites such as water holes and special land forms and are often resting places on a Creation Ancestor’s journey across the country.
Coded in this Law story is intricate information about the country and its food and water source as well as instructions for maintaining the balance and harmony of society.