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.
Tinka live in the sandhills and plains country and have always been an important source of food for ngampu (eggs) and kuka (meat) for Anangu of this area. They are still hunted by the women in the spring and summer time when they have ended their underground hibernation and can easily be tracked across the red sands.
Artist : Rhonda Karpa Title : Tinka (Sand Goanna) Size : 36 x 36 cm Medium : Acrylic on canvas