Kalaya by Angelina (Tjaruwa) Woods

Details of Kalaya

  
Details
Catalog Number : 833926
Size : 200cm x 137cm
Medium : Acrylic On Linen
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About Kalaya
Tjaruwa Woods has painted a vast tract of country in the northern portion of the Spinifex area as it crosses into the Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjantjatjara Lands. She has an intimate knowledge of this country living here wit a small family group until the 1980's when they first came in from the bush and joined extended family living at Yakatunya, 90 kilometers south of Tjuntjuntjara.

The Kalaya Tjukurpa, involving Emu ancestral beings travels north from Ilkurlka and beyond the Spinifex Lands. Here Tjaruwa has painted the numerous rockholes and travelling tracks as the mob of Kalaya (emu) swarm through the country stopping at Purpurnya and drinking form the rockhole. The rockhole at Purpurnya is deep but there are so many emus in the area all drinking from it they drink it dry. The mob heads of to Nyuman and then on to Pipalyatjara.

Many areas in Spinifex area are known as "mil-miilpa" (sacred) where only general details can be openly discussed. These Tjukurpa (Dreaming) sites hold the stories of the Creator Beings whose activities transformed the country. These 'Beings' possess supernatural powers and can be malevolent so great care must be taken not to offend them.