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Liru Warmala ~ Venomous Snake Army

Sandy Willie

Acrylic on Canvas

90cm x 120cm


Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors who laid down the landscape and the Laws which form the basis of culture for Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people). Present day descendants have strict responsibilities in protecting and teaching Tjukurpa and the now well known dotting technique evolved both to adapt its sacred expressions for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape.

This Tjukurpa relates to the artist’s traditional ancestral country around Kaltukatjara (Docker River)in the south west of the Northern Territory. It involves the Liru or Dangerous Snake people who, like other ancestral beings, were responsible for creating many of the landforms of the area.

The Liru formed a warmala or war party and marched east to Uluru to attack and spear a Kuniya or Python man.

In her own revenge, his aunt, Minyma Kuniya, struck dead one of the Liru warriors at Mutitjulu Waterhole and left the marks of her anger clearly to be seen on the face of Uluru.

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