Kuniya and Liru (Python Woman and Deadly Snake Man)
43 x 31 cm
1 in stock
About the Artwork
‘Minyma Kuniya munu Wati Lirunnga paluru pula pikaringu. Nyangatja Tjukurpa Ulurula ngaranyi.‘
‘Python Woman and Deadly Snake Man fought a battle. This is Creation Law at Uluru.’
Kuniya is the Python snake and one of the important Creation Ancestors for Uluru. In the Tjukurpa, the beginning of time, the Kuniya people lived at the Rock and as with all Ancestral Beings, they have shaped its features with their activities. No visitor leaves Uluru without witnessing the scars on its surface etched in battle between the Kuniya and the Liru, Deadly Snake People.
Minyma Kuniya, a Senior Python Woman, travelled from the south east to bring her eggs back to Uluru where she placed them carefully in a burrow at the eastern end of the Rock. It was then that she rushed around to the other side to face the Liru Men who had attacked her nephew while she’d been gone. Near Mutitjulu Waterhole she met one of the Liru warriors and, mustering her powers, struck him dead with her digging stick. There on the cliff face is the evidence of her actions in the form of two giant cracks.
Anangu feel strongly about continuing to teach and learn Tjukurpa and their art is important and vital work. It sustains them economically, physically and culturally. It keeps the stories and traditions alive.
Walkatjara Art is the Aboriginal owned and governed art centre belonging to Mutitjulu community, located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta national Park, NT.