Sheila Giles

Kiritji

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Ngurra ngaanya Kiritjinyarna palyani, ngayuku ngurra. Ngayuku paapaaku ngurra. Kiritjinya Patjarrta yitingka. Wati yangupala kutjulu rurnkarnu pulanya karlingka tjarrpatjunu ngayuku mama kamu Tjamunya tjukurta. Tjarrpangu pula kapi pirtingka wankarringu. Tjukurrpa ngaanya Kiritjiku kutjaparna kan watjalku, mayaka. Palunya.

I paint the country and story for Kiritji. My father and grandfather were near the rockhole at Kiritji,near Patjarr, when a wati (young man) threw his boomerang at them. They jumped into the rockhole for protection and when they came out the man was gone. This is the Tjukurrpa (dreaming) of this place.

The tjukurrpa has been handed down to Sheila, from her father, who has given her permission to paint the story. ‘I can’t say anymore because it’s sacred and not for the public to hear. That’s all’

Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 91.4cm x 55.9cm
Region: Goldfields, Tjarlirli Art Centre