Two Woman Hunting Goanna

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Two Woman Hunting Goanna

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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.

The ‘u’ shaped figures are the women, meeting today as they have done since Creation times, to share, celebrate and pass on the different Tjukurpa and the links it forms with other parts of their country and kin. Tinka (Varanus gouldii or sand goanna) is whats being hunted by the women. Tinka or kurkati live in the sandhills and plains country and have always been an important source of 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: Bessie Nipper
Title: Two Woman Hunting Goanna
Size: 30x30 cm 
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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