Wati Tjakura, 2021


  • 61cm x 61cm x 2cm
  • 2021
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Catalog No: 21-56
  • This canvas tells the Wati Tjakura tjurkupa, The Tjakura, an edible skink( Great Desert Skink), is the central figure in the creation story that took place at Arulya. Wati Tjakura was killed alongside his countryman, Wati Kuntjanu when an army of snake-men from Uluru and Kata Tjuta journeyed south to Aralya and murdered the two men with spears. The Wal Mala (army of male snakes) and the Wati Wanampi (male water snake) from the waterhole site known as Malara, came together in battle and threw spears at Wati trakura. He tried to escape but was killed, and his family came down to grieve and bury him. After that the soldiers travelled over the border to Western Australia.
  • Painting on canvas
  • Ninuku Arts