Elaine Warnatjura Lane - Wati Kutjarra

CODE: 15-279
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  • Artist: Elaine Warnatjura Lane
    Artwork: Wati Kutjara
    Catalogue Number: 15-279
    Size: 76cm x 56cm
    Acrylic on canvas - unstretched.  
    Painting will be shipped rolled, unstretched.
    Artworks include a Certificate of Authenticity from Papulankutja Artists. 
  • Wati Kutjara
    The story of two men who took the form of goannas, they travelled from Perth across the desert through Blackstone to Docker River. The two men were powerful magicians. They often punished or killed wrong doers but sometimes went too far and were cruel in the exercise of their powers. To amuse themselves, they sometimes played the tricksters. They usually took the form of goanna but they could turn into other animals as well. At Blackstone, they actually tricked each other when they both changed their appearance at the same 􀆟me. This is behind the meaning of the name Papulankutja (they couldn’t recognize each other) which is the indigenous name for the Blackstone community. Finally, when they got to Docker River they had become so arrogant that they walked straight into some local men’s business even though they were warned not to by the women. The Docker River men killed them.

    Papulankutja was established after Ngaayatjarra people walked out of Warburton mission in the1970s and returned to their land. Papulankutja Artists was established in 2001 and incorporated in 2004 growing out of Blackstone’s women’s centre. After many years of working through the women’s centre and then the community hall, Papulankutja Artists opened their own Art Studio in 2009. Papulankutja Artists are very community focussed. Today, women and men, young people and old people, work together.

Images courtesy Papulankutja Artists