Source Gallery: Yanda Aboriginal Art, Alice Springs, NT
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Tjawina’s artworks depict all – or part of – the main waterhole country associated with her Dreamings. The first is Tjukurrla situated near the Northern Territory / Western Australian borders. The remaining waterholes are at Tjalili and Punkilpirri. The lines that connect these sites are ancestral pathways or song lines. These were established as an indicator for the passage from one site to the next during ceremony. The patterns to the outer edges of the painting depict the surrounding topography consisting of sand dunes (tali) and rock escarpments (puli). The “kidney” shapes represent initiated women.