Kuntjanu – Wanampi Tjukurpa


121.92 x 91.44 cm

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Rama Kaltu-Kaltu Sampson

Wanampi is the big rainbow serpent from Kuntjanu, near Pipalyatjara in the APY Lands. He is sleeping under the ground, in the big rockhole (tjukula) in the middle. There are tali (sandhills) surrounding the rockhole. Rama’s painting illustrates the Wanampi Tjukurpa – Rainbow Serpent Dreaming. This is a very important Tjukurpa story, where the snakes represent men. Rama says there is one Wanampi tjilpi – he is the rainbow serpent, his name is Kuntjanu. There are other people there, kuniya, mingkiri, and liru. The Kuniya is a big python with a black back and yellow front. Mingkiri are the mouse people, and liru are the snake people. Liru wati wakanu Wanampi, Wanampi pakanu ngarangu, the snake men speared Wanampi for nothing, he rose out of the waterhole and was speared, but he is still alive in the waterhole.

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Dimensions 121.92 x 91.44 cm

Stretched on frame, Unstretched rolled canvas

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