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.
Uluru is a place of powerful Tjukurpa, the main public elements of which are depicted in this painting. Mala, Rufous Hare-wallaby people, travelled from the north to perform ceremonies, but while at Uluru, were attacked and chased away by evil Kurpany, a giant, magic monster dingo sent in from the west. They are represented by their tracks.
Kuniya, the python, came from the east bearing the eggs of her children to be born in their homeland at Uluru. Liru, the venomous snake, came with his army from the western country to make war on Kuniya. In fierce battle Kuniya’s nephew was speared and the warriors turned back to their homeland. Seeking vengeance for her kin, the Kuniya woman struck down one of the Liru warriors and the rock holds the presence of these ancestors still.
Artist: Malya Teamay Title: Uluruku Tjukurpa Size: 95 x 89cm Medium: Acrylic on Canvas