Tuppy Nginya Goodwin

Kunga Kutjara Tjukurpa #675

Acrylic on canvas
150 x 150 cm
(59.1 x 59.1 in)


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This painting is about the Tjukurpa of Kunga Kutjara (the meeting of two ladies). Tjukurpa refers to the creation period when ancestral beings, Tjukaritja, created the world as we know it. In these stories lie the basis for the religion, law and moral systems of life within the Anangu society of wich Tuppy Nginya Goodwin originates.

The two ladies in the story of this painting, met at the rockhole near Victoria Well, not far from the Mimili community. This Tjukurpa story is about the two Kunga's (woman) running away from the Kupi (wily wily - a mini dust whirl wind) that can occur in the dessert. They were travelling from Bumbali creek to Alice Springs. The people of the Anangu society believe the whirls of dust are sand spirits.

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