Niningka Lewis Walawuru, Kaanka munu Kakalyalya, Maruku Arts

Medium: Walka Size: 42 x 62 cm ID: #WBS27
Price: $680

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About this artwork

Walka is a Desert design and inextricably linked with Tjukurpa: the Law and way of life of Anangu (Central and 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 the subject of the painting and particular people are responsible for their re-creation and teaching according to the Tjukurpa.

Both the dotting and wire etching techniques 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 reflects strong culture: re-enacting ancestral travels, celebrating the sacred nature of the country and its interrelated plant, animal and human inhabitants.  It passes on to you some of the teachings of Tjukurpa.

Niningka’s walka relates the Tjukurpa for country west of Uluru known as Pirupakalarintja.  Walawuru, the Wedge-tailed Eagle was married to Kaanka the Crow.  Later he also married Kakalyalya, the White Cockatoo, and Kaanka was extremely envious.  Walawuru would return from the hunt to give his favoured wife the choicest meats and she always gave him the best of the foods that she and Kaanka collected.

Eventually Crow Woman in her jealousy attacked and killed Kakalyalya and Walawuru, on discovering this, flew into a furious rage.  That evening he made kiti (spinifex resin), melting it on a fire and, in the middle of the night, burning Kaanka in revenge.  The wounded bird escaped into the west with a screech of agony…. kaankaa!

Acrylic Paint on Structural Plywood

Two 20 x 60 cm panels, framed as one work.