Contemporary carvings by Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known as punu, hand carved and 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, taught and handed down in inma (ceremony, song, and dance), story telling and art work. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians and it is not always possible to relate their stories.
Wampata is a colloquial name used by people in the Central and Western desert regions for wombats. The animals themselves don’t occur in this area but people know of them from extended families and territory to the south. It is reputed to be excellent kuka (meat).
Artist: Danny Fox
Medium: Itara (River red gum)
Title: Wampata (Wombat)