Kungka Kutjara (The Two Women)

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Kungka Kutjara (The Two Women)

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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.

Through Doris’s traditional lands travels the Tjukurpa of Minyma Kutjara, The Two Women. During the creation period, as they hunted and adventured along the way, they formed many aspects of the landscape and left behind information still used today about the important rituals and work of collecting mai or plant foods.

Doris says this unusual painting describes the two women in the process of making mawalyari or traditional hand spun, hair string skirts worn in ceremony. She shows the spindle made from three pieces of wood and the rolls of spun hair lying ready to be tied together into a fringed skirt. In the centre of the painting she has painted a bush medicine.


Artist: Doris Teamay
Title: Kungka Kutjara (Two Women)
Size: 38 x 90cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

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