Kutjarra Kuniya (Python) Dreaming #413


In mythological times, two 'kuniya' (pythons), a male and a female, came from the east to a place called Karrilwarra, a rockhole and soakage water site north of the Kiwirrkura Community in Western Australia. They later travelled south-west to Wiluna. In Aboriginal mythology, snakes are responsible for the creation of all water sources, the most valuable commodity in a desert. The snake's tracks are depicted as the waving lines in the painting.This mythology forms part of the Tingari Cylce. A cycle of mythological stories about the supernatural ancestors of the Pintupi that during the formation of the earth travelled around the country, performing rites, teaching law and shaping life and the landscape. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature, no further details about the myth were given.

Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa

b. 1950

Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa was born around 1950 in Iliya, not far from Kiwirkurra. Western Australia. Kenny is the eldest son of Naata Nungurrayi and her first husband Pilamartitja Tjangala (circa 1917-1961), who died of thirst in the desert two years before their group’s first encounter with white men. In 1963 he and his family came across Jeremy Long's Welfare Branch Patrol. In 1964, . . .
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