Kalaya Tjukurrpa by Sam Tjapanangka George


This painting depicts the Kalaya Tjukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) west of Kintore, where the artist was born. The Emu is walking around the landscape, eating and drinking. The kapi (water hole) that Sam paints is called Chinchichi. This Tjukurrpa was passed down to him from his parents who taught him how to draw it in the sand. Sam has been painting for many years and his work depicts the travels and ceremonies of his people. Due to the sensitive nature of these stories the details cannot be divulged to the uninitiated.