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Tjirarra is a sacred womens tjukurrpa story for Irrunytju Community and a story that has been passed to me from my Aunty Mrs Kuntjil Cooper. The minyma kutjara (two sisters) were travelling from the west towards Irrunytju where they sat down for a rest at Tjirarra waterhole. This story belongs to myself and my sister Eva Baker. There are many parts to this womens business story we cannot share. My sister and I are the custodians for this story. It is important we paint these stories to keep our culture alive and pass on to future generations. In these days when it rains the children go to Tjirarra waterhole to swim.
The Minyma Kutjara Arts Project is a new and exciting project initiated by the people and artists of Irrunytju. Irrunytju, or Wingellina Community is a small, very remote aboriginal community located 10kms from the tri-state border of WA, NT and SA. Irrunytju is part of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and is home to over 150 Anangu (people) who speak primarily Pitjantjatjara language, with some Ngaanyatjarra people also. The Minyma Kutjara Project re-establishes Irrunytju as centre for dynamic and culturally important artwork. The Irrunytju paintings reflect the strong relationship between the artists, their country and culture. The artwork brings together contemporary painting techniques and media with ancient visual language and tjukurpa (dreaming).
Artist: Norma Bryant
Title: Tjirarra. 20-19.
Dimensions: 122 x 102cm
Materials: Acrylic on canvas. Tasmanian oak timber frame.