Thomas Reid Wati Kutjarra, Papulankutja Artists

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 100 x 60 cm ID: #
Price: $1550

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The story of two men who took the form of goanna, they travelle from Perth across the desert through Blackstone to Docker River.

The two men were powerful magicians. They often punished or killed wrong doers but sometimes went too far and were cruel in the excercise of their powers. To amuse themselves, they sometimes played the tricksters. They usually took the form of goanna but they could turn into other animals as well. At Blackstone, they actually tricked each other when they both changed their appearance at the same time. This is behind the meaning of Papulanktja (they couldnt recognize each other) which is the indigenous name for Blackstone community. Finally, when they got to Docker River they had become so arrogant that they walked straight into some local mens business even though they were warned not to by the women. The Docker River men killed them.