About this artwork
Kalaya tjuta nguranka, Tjipil (many emus have their home at this place called Tjipil. All the emus travelled down and did Inma (sacred singing and dancing) on the way. They did Inma in a circle to make the tali (sandhill) then they went to live at Tjipil. One mamu animal (evil spirit in the form of some animal) was following all the emus and the mamu went to Tjipil and snuck up and scared the emus into running.
About Bernard Tjalkuri
Bernard was born in the bush at Waltja rock-hole close to the home land of Kunumata in the far north west of the Pitjantjatjara Lands of northern south Australia in the 1930. Bernard's mother country is Watarru and his father's place is Aparatjara, which is located near Kanpi community. Bernard lived a traditional nomadic life in the desert prior to contact with Europeans. He remembers seeing white fella's travelling through his country as they headed west to Warburton Mission when he was a young man. Bernard has the authority to paint many stories associated with his traditional country He is an important community elder with a wealth of knowledge of the Law or Tjukurpa. This cultural knowledge is handed down orally in the retelling of the Tjukurpa (traditional stories of the ancestor's journeys), which not only sustains Anangu (Aboriginal people) physically, but socially and spiritually. Tjukurpa painting depicts a fragment of a larger story, a living history where an ancestor was involved in creating country. COLLECTIONS: ARTBANK, AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT NATIONALCONTEMPORARY ART RENTAL AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, CANBERRA,AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY. DEAKIN UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA. FLINDERS UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY,ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA FLINDERS UNIVERSITY, ADELAIDE, SOUTHAUSTRALIA. NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA,AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA THE ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA THE BEAT KNOBLACUCH COLLECTION, SWITZERLAND. THE LARGERBERG-SWIFT COLLECTION THE LEPLEY COLLECTION, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. THE MARSHALL COLLECTION THE MERENDA COLLECTION THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE COLLECTION, CANBERRA,AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY. UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA, AUSTRALIAN CAPITALTERRITORY UTS, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES THE COLLECTION OF BERENBERE PRIMAT, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND THE KENNEDY COLLECTION, SYDNEY, NSW