Kungkarangkalpa ~ Seven Sisters Piti Wana, 2021


  • 50cm x 36cm
  • 2021
  • Acrylic On Canvas
  • Catalog No: 1148-pamahj005-21

Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.Kungkarangkalpa is the Tjukurpa of the Seven Sisters, concerning a group of women being pursued by a cunning man called Nyiru who attempts to lure them into marriage with him. They travelled through a vast amount of Australia and this painting represents a stage in that journey The women each have their wana munu piti, digging sticks and collecting bowl, while Nyiru has his kulata, miru munu kali, spears, spearthrower and boomerang.In their escape from him they stopped to camp, build shelters and hunt for food, thus forming many features of the landscape.  Eventually they fled into the sky where they became the constellation known as the Pleaides or Seven Sisters. Nyiru of course is still following them ceaselessly across the night sky as one of the bright stars in the constellation known as Orion.