Kunga Kutjara - 147.3cm x 177.8cm

Artist: Tjukapati James

Size:  147.3cm x 177.8cm

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Tjukapati was born at a place called Alpi, which is south of Docker River, very close to the ranges there. Her father's country is Wangkari which is just over the ranges from Docker River. Her mother's father passed away at Wankari. Her mother's country is west of Docker River. Tjukapati grew up at Docker River community and spent much of her youth out bush, swimming at waterholes and hunting. Her father also used to take her to Ernabella where they could sell dingo skins. She did not go to school. Tjukapati has been painting, weaving tjanpi and carving purnu for many years.

Story from the certificate of authenticity:
These waterholes are of Ngamurru. Ngamurru is my home. It is not like a spring - the waterhole dries out after a while. At these waterholes, many women were staying here for a short while  in the creation time (Dreamtime). These women were Nangala, my mother's. Another group of women, a group of Nungurrayi and Nangala were travelling to Marrpirnti/Kiwirrkura while the Nangala women were at Ngamurru
. At Ngamurru the Nangala women collected ,cooked and ate the bush tucker wanpurru that grows on sandhills. They then set off to the east to Papun and Ngartan.





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