Anangu tjuta, wati tjuta, minyma tjuta kutjupa- kutjupa (lots of people, lots of men, lots of women separately). Wanampi (magical snake from creation time) went up in the air, way up, then came down in the middle, wati (men) on one side, minyma (women) on other side.

The men made walpa pulka (strong wind) and the wanampi was caught in that wind. The men then attacked with kulata(spear) and the women attacked with wana(digging stick). They tried to kill that wanampi but he was clever and escaped underground. This place is called Angkala.

Tjukurpa mulapa (this is a true story from our ancestors).          

– Bernard Tjalkuri

This painting was selected for exhibition in the RBS Emerging Artist Art Award, RBS Tower Sydney, September-October 2009, then subsequently purchased for the UTS Art Collection.

Bernard Tjalkuri was born in around 1930 in the bush at Waltja rockhole close to the homeland of Kunumata in the far north west of the Piltantjatjara 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 first seeing white people travelling through his country as they headed west to Warburton Mission when he was a young man.

Bernard Tjalkuri