Ruby Williamson Revisited
4 AM 2667/05
Ruby Williamson Wanampi Creation Story 2005
Acrylic on linen 1220 x 1015mm SOLD
Ruby us telling a husband and wife story of wait kutjara (two men) and minima kutjara (two women). The men are
brothers and the women are sisters.
The ladies every day go out hunting, no missing day. The men stay back at camp and get upset that the ladies go
without them. The ladies dig holes everywhere digging for goanna and small things. The men get idea to trick the
two ladies the keep them home. They turned into Wanmapi or water snakes and made a hole in the ground, in the
big creek near Nyapri. The men went in and made a coloured pattern, moved away and hid so the ladies couldn’t
When they reach the creek, the ladies say ‘what’s this?’. They are surprised and start a fire. The smoke spreads,
everywhere smoke, into the water snake hole. The water snake men swallow their kuri (wives).