Thomas Reid Wati Kutjarra, 2009 Papulankutja Artists

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 100 x 60 cm ID: #09-1196
Price: $1260

    About this artwork

    The story of two men who took the form of goanna, they travelled 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 exercise 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 Papulankutja (they couldn’t 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.