Contemporary carvings byAnangu(Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known aspunu, hand carved and often decorated withwalka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. The animals all have their associations with theTjukurpa, the stories of the Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Tjukurpa is celebrated ininma(ceremony, song, and dance), story telling and art work. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians.
The serpent entwined wood combines the traditional skills used in carving a woman’s digging stick, traditional dancing club, or men’s club with the idea of a decorated walking stick.
The carving relates to one of the many stories of different snakes and the landforms and Laws they were responsible for creating.Kuniya, LiruandWanampi(Python, Venomous Snake and Water Serpent) are the three major snake ancestors most commonly referred to. Denise has carved a smalltjulpuor bird, awaiting its fate atop the branch.
Artist: Denise Jackson Title: Walking Stick With Snake Size: 843x60x85mm Medium: 'Itara' River Red Gum