Pukara by Monica Watson

Details of Pukara

  
Pukara by Monica Watson
Details
Catalog Number : 833716
Size : 122cm x 61cm
Medium : Acrylic On Canvas
For Sale : Contact Short St Gallery
Note : All artworks are subject to availability. Prices are inclusive of GST but do not include shipping and handling charges.
About Pukara
This is a story about kaliny-kalinypa (honey grevillea plant), which Anangu (the term for people in Pitjantjatjara) use as a type of bush lolly, sucking the nectar out of the plant. In the Tjukurpa (Dreaming story) a father and son, Wati Kutjara Wanampi (two male water snakes), are living at Pukara, an important waterhole site near Irrunytju (Wingellina. Because of the kaliny-kalinypa which is found at the site the water there has a sweet taste and lots of people go there to access it. But father Wati Wanampi doesn't like this and he tells them to go back to their own country. The people leave and the father and son travel to Wiluna, where they camp for week. When they return to Pukara, they are woken by a buzzing sound. Minyma Punpunpa (the female flies) are making lots of noise as they buzz around the honey bush. This prompts the father and son to get up and go and collect honey. While they are doing this, a Wati Mututa (black ant) finds the father and son, and spears the son in his side. The young son starts spitting and he spits up the yellow and orange seeds of all the different types of honey grevillea. These plants can still be found at this site today. There is a big variety of honey grevillea plants including kaliny-kalinypa, ultunkunpa, piruwa and witjinti.