Pantu ~ Salt Lake, 2020


  • 60cm x 90cm x cm
  • 2020
  • Burnt etching on plywood
  • Catalog No: 1148-WB924-20
  • Walka is Desert design and inextricably linked with Tjukurpa: the Law and way of life of Yarnangu (Western Desert Aboriginal people). The symbols were traditionally used in cave, ground and body paintings, in story telling, teaching and signalling inheritance. Meaning of the designs depends on its subject and particular people are responsible for their re-creation and teaching according to the Tjukurpa. Highly experienced craftspeople have grown up making traditional tools and weapons under the instruction of their elders. They now apply this knowledge and express their world through art such as this. Both the dot painting and etching techniques, where walka is burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire, have become Centralian traditions, evolving with the adaptation of traditional design for public display and as a depiction of Tjukurpa and landscape. This walka board is a lake near the community of Warakurna. Central desert lakes are usually pantu, or salt lakes. While all parts of the country have their origins in the Tjukurpa or Creation Period stories of the salt lakes are very rarely referred to. Cynthia has shown the travelling tracks of Yarnangu as they move through this salt lake country.
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