Tjamuku Ngura ~ Grandfather’s Country
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. The dotting technique has evolved to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.
‘Ngayulu nyaani tjukurpa ngayuku tjamuku ngura. Ngura Walanya, ngayuku tjamuku Tjukurpa.’ Lucinda James.
‘I am doing a story for my grandfather’s country. Wala is the place of my grandfather’s story.’
Wala is a small permanent spring on the side of a hill to the south of Uluru and north of Kulpitjara. The grandfather she is painting for is the late Walter Pukutiwara, one of the founders of Maruku and an important spokesperson for his Law and culture. The Tjukurpa or story for Wala is not told but it forms a link in the chain of sites that hold intricate layers of knowledge that is still vital to this day.