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Tinka ~ Sand Goanna

Telstra Finalist Dallas Smythe

Itara ~ River Red Gum

82.5cm x 8.5cm x 8.5cm

Contemporary carvings by Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known as punu, hand carved and decorated with walka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. The animals all have their associations with the Tjukurpa, the stories of the Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians but for this story they have been able to make some details open for sharing.

The Ngintaka or Perentie lizard (Varanus giganteus) is the largest lizard of Central Australia and a highly prized, important food. Carvings are recognized by their distinctive walka. The artist has spent a life time observing the habits and forms of these animals and its powerful Tjukurpa, celebrated in inma (ceremony, song, and dance), story telling and art work.

Wati Ngintaka Tjukurpa (Perentie Man Law) stretches from one side of South Australia to the other, many sacred sites marking his passage from the first greedy sighting of a prized grindstone, to his death in punishment for its theft. Coded in this Law story is intricate information about the country and its food and water sources as well as instructions for maintaining the balance and harmony of society.

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Come and visit our unique booth and look for works from our 2020 Telstra finalists Cynthia Burke and Dallas Smythe.

For over 30 years Maruku has operated as a not-for-profit art and craft corporation, owned by Anangu. More then 500 Aboriginal artists belonging to over 20 remote communities across the Central and Western Deserts, make up the collective that is Maruku. Our purpose is to keep culture strong and alive, through art, craft, tours and organic experiences.

We are the only Central Desert art organisation that specialises in Punu – wood carvings.

You will find here everything from traditional carved miru (Spear thrower) to our unique walka boards (etched plywood boards).

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Australia wide shipping is included in the price. For international customers please contact us at to get a quote on the price.Please clearly nominate a street address for delivery. All artworks are posted using a chosen courier service and include insurance unless other delivery arrangements are made with Maruku. Maruku has a mail service once a week. Every effort is made to dispatch artworks as quickly as possible, but specific delivery times cannot be guaranteed. Please keep in mind that you are purchasing something from a remote community. Delivery time for domestic postage is usually fourteen days after the item has been sent and international up to eight weeks. Delivery costs are calculated for each artwork depending on size and weight.

Refund Policy

It is very important to us that you are happy with your purchase. If not, we will fully refund you for the value of the artwork, minus the postage costs. You must notify us within 10 days of receiving the artwork if you are not fully satisfied. You need only to pay the cost of returning it to Maruku. The artwork must be returned in its original condition with all of its accompanying documentation for the guarantee to apply. Upon receipt of the artwork we will issue you the refund.

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