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Peter Mungkuri Ngayuku ngura (my country)

ink and acrylic on linen

152.1 x 198 cm

I have and hold the old people’s tjukurpa (ancestral stories). The old people’s important stories of long ago.

I’ve painted my country and all the different types of trees there. That’s the story in my paintings. The paintings have our culture in them. Our culture is in our trees. Our fathers would use these trees to make spears and other hunting tools. I would sit and watch and see, ‘Oh, that’s how my father makes a spear’. That’s what our culture was. We were learning. I was learning from all my elders – the senior men. So now I know everything.

Peter Mungkuri, 2021