About this artwork
This story is about a group of angry Wanampi (watersnakes/rainbow serpent) men, a warmala (revenge party). Â They travelled from Kata Tjuta to Malara and then to Kuntjanu, where they found Snake Man and his wife, two kids and a baby. Â The wife said, “Look at all those men. Â They’ve come to spear you.” And the men speared and killed the father. Â They then went to sleep in a cave as Wanampi. Â They travelled further south, and found Tjakura Man preparing mingkulpa (native tobacco) and they speared him at a place near Watarru, and he died. Â After that they travelled to a place with water that only dogs drink that was protected by an old man, who was very violent and bit and hit them, and they went back home hurt. Â This old man still lives at Malara and gives water and meat to people who pass through there. Â Malara is Pantjiti’s father’s country, and her grandmother passed away there.