We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

🛈 Find out what you need to know before visiting


Anumara Tjukurpa



Kunmanara (Hector) Burton


circa 1937 – 27 Feb 2017

Language group: Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Amata South Australia Australia
    Cultural origin
    Pitjantjatjara/Southern Desert region
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint, ink and gouache on watercolour paper
    138.0 x 152.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, pencil "Hector". Not dated.

    Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2015
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Hector Burton Estate. Copyright Agency

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Kunmanara (Hector) Burton

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Hector Burton was born in the South Australian desert at Pipalyatjara, west of Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands. His father’s country was west of Wingellina and his mother came from Lake Wilson. The family moved from the desert to Pukatja (Ernabella) when Burton was a child. He commenced painting in October 2003 through Minymaku Arts centre, now know as Tjala Arts. Burton became a leading artist within the Southern Desert region, as well as an important community leader.

    The art centre documentation for this works states:
    This work on paper tells the creation time story of the caterpillars 'anumara'. The anumara is a large edible caterpillar with a hook on its tail. It is a story about kinship groups - represented by the North and the South. Hector is one group - the south (anumara) and his uncles, nephews and fathers are in the other (north - the other caterpillars - muya muya and ngalyakanti, literally 'hard forehead'). All the caterpillars travelled from places in the north and the south and all met up in one resting place (ngura). When the minyma (women) and tjiltji (children) arrive, the women dance in the fire and give the man the ceremonial stick. This is a beautiful ceremony, which Burton went through, long ago. This ceremony was not performed for a long time, until more recently when men from Amata took part. It is important that these ceremonies are kept going.

Other works by Kunmanara (Hector) Burton