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Title

Warlu Tjukurrpa

2006


Artist

Carol Maayatja Golding

Australia

circa 1930 -

Language group

Ngaanyatjarra, Southern Desert region


About

The art centre documentation for this work states:
Carol Maayatja Golding was born at Walu rockhole not far from Warakurna. This painting depicts a story from Carol's birth country. There were two men and one little boy camping at the Walu rockhole. The men went hunting and left the little boy behind. The men returned with an emu and started cooking it and cutting it into pieces. They pulled out the emu's heart and the little boy grabbed it. He ran away back to his father's camp with the heart and its blood spilt onto the rocks leaving behind a trail of blood. The boy told his father that the wati (male elder) had growled at him.

The wati had secretly followed the boy back to his father's camp. He was a powerful magic man and conjured a giant willy willy and turned the boy into wind.

The emu's blood trail stained the rocks and can still be seen there today. This is a very sorry story.


Details


Date

2006


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

151.5 x 75.5 cm


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

18.2007


Artist information

Carol Maayatja Golding

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history