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Title

Ngura (Country)

2017


Artists

Mumu Mike Williams

Australia

1952 -

Language group

Pitjantjatjara

Willy Muntjantji Martin

Australia

1950 - Oct 2018

Language group

Pitjantjatjara

Sammy Dodd

Australia

01 Jan 1946 -


About

"The painting is on (Australia Post) mailbags. This is about ownership. Government always want to say that something belongs to them – ‘It belongs to the Commonwealth, we’re the owner’ – but I’m saying, ‘wiya (no), this belongs to Anangu, to the traditional owners.’ For this painting, I worked with Sammy Dodd, he made the kulata (spear) using the proper Irititja (traditional) way. The kulata stands for strong men’s culture, and protecting our manta, guiding the Tjukurpa. Willy muntjantji Martin is painting his mother’s country, Piltati, near Nyapari, and the Wanampi (water snake) Tjukurpa from there. We’re all passing on what we know, to our children and grandchildren, because the Tjukurpa is always there, it’s always in the manta. After we tjilpis are finished, the Tjukurpa is still there, titutjara (always)."
Mumu Mike Williams 2017

The Pitjantjatjara text states:
Anangu Law
The tjilpi (senior men) are teaching about kulata (spears). Tjukurpa (cultural lore) around spears is very strong and is from the times of the Tjukurpa (Creation Stories). All the old senior men are holding strongly onto their Tjukurpa and protecting it with many spears.
Tjukurpa kunpu. Strong law and culture.
Theft or misuse of this Tjukurpa (Cultural Herritage) is a criminal offence, penalties apply.
Theft or misuse of this Manta (Land) is a criminal offence, penalties apply.
Senior men’s law and culture is very strong.


Details


Date

2017


Media categories

Installation , Painting


Materials used

acrylic, ink and acrylic marker pen on canvas mailbags with kulata (spear) made from punu (wood), malu pulyku (kangaroo tendon) and kiti (resin made from mulga leaf resin)


Dimensions

116.0 x 142.0 x 2.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, Mumu Mike Williams". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2017


Accession number

328.2017


Artist information

Mumu Mike Williams

Works in the collection

2

Artist information

Willy Muntjantji Martin

Works in the collection

2

Artist information

Sammy Dodd

Works in the collection

2