Wanampi (water serpent)

Wanatjura Lewis

Wanampi (water serpent)

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Wanampi or Water Serpents, are powerful creatures that inhabit and guard over waterholes. Local custodians hold the stories of the ancestors’ activities at specific sites across the country and thus know where the Wanampi responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. These ancestors are always treated with special reverence and respect for their powers and waterholes are never approached lightly.

Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of . 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.

Details

Artist: Wanatjura Lewis
Title: Wanampi
Size: 38cm x 90cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

 


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