Tjukurpa Kutjara Kutjara (Four Stories)

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Tjukurpa Kutjara Kutjara (Four 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.

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 and this painting represents a stage in that journey One of the women is painted with her wana munu piti, digging stick and collecting bowl, while Nyiru has his kulata munu kali, spear and boomerang.

In their escape from him they stopped to camp, build shelters and hunt for food, thus forming many features of the landscape.  Eventually they fled into the sky where they became the constellation known as the Pleaides or Seven Sisters. Nyiru of course is still following them ceaselessly across the night sky as one of the bright stars in the constellation known as Orion.

Rebecca has also painted one of the Uluru Creation stories of two snakes. 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 clearly to beseen on the face of Uluru.

In the centre of the canvas are two tjakura, or skinks, at a waterhole and the background is filled with the bush medicine irmangka-irmangka or Scented Emu Bush (Eremophila alternifolia).



Artist: Rebecca Reid
Title: Tjukurpa Kutjara Kutjara - Four Stories
Size: 60 x 60 cm
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas


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