Walking Stick With Snake
Walking Stick With Snake
Walking Stick With Snake
Walking Stick With Snake

Denise Jackson Profile & Artworks

Walking Stick With Snake

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Contemporary carvings by Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known as punu, hand carved and often decorated with walka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. The animals all have their associations with the Tjukurpa, the stories of the Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Tjukurpa is celebrated in inma (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, Liru  and Wanampi  (Python, Venomous Snake and Water Serpent) are the three major snake ancestors most commonly referred to. Denise has carved a small tjulpu or bird, awaiting its fate atop the branch.


Artist: Denise Jackson 
Title: Walking Stick With Snake
Size: 843x60x85mm
Medium: 'Itara' River Red Gum 

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