From Sand to School House - Papunya Artists
4 AM 987/03
Don Tjungerai Men's Ceremony 2003
Acrylic on linen 1219 x 1524mm SOLD
This painting represents a Menís Ceremony at Karrinyarra, Mt Wedge. The men performing in the ceremony are those of the Tjapaltjarri and Tjungerai skin groups. The men of the Jampitjinpa skin group act as the police and look after the land for the men participating. The ceremony is in honour of the Rock Wallaby. The story is of two Tjungerai men hunting for kangaroo but find it hard to find any or capture if seen. The men then hunt for other sources of food. They come to a mountain and see lots of Rock wallabys and find them not so difficult to hunt. This mountain is now the sacred site of the rock wallaby and a place where old men teach the young men how to hunt. Don has represented the mountain as the Concentric Circle. The orange and red lines represents the body paint design worn on the menís faces, shoulders, upper arm, chest, back and ankles. Don has depicted the Shields, Woomera and Spear.