• 11. Minyma Tjukurla
  • 11. Minyma Tjukurla
  • 11. Minyma Tjukurla

Sharon Porter

11. Minyma Tjukurla

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' The young women are travelling around the country near Tjukurla with the older ladies. They are learning many things about where to collect special grasses and flowers and other types of bush tucker'. This knowledge is recorded in the motifs and symbols which have been used in Western Desert visual culture for countless generations, and which the artists now deploy in the new medium of acrylic painting.

Born in Alice Springs, Sharon grew up in Kintore and comes from an artistic family with strong cultural ties to this country. Sharon has experienced traditional life with family in this area from the time before the town of Tjukurla was established. She has learned the dreaming stories passed down to her by her mother and grandmother and is now enjoying painting.

Tjarlirli Art and Kaltukatjara Art are two community-owned art centers located on either side of the border between the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The Tjarlirli art centre is located in Tjukurla, a small community of around 50 people in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Tjukurla was established here in the 1980s due to its proximity to extremely significant cultural sites and the ancestral homelands of community members. Nestled between sand dunes and the vast salt lake (Lake Hopkins). Kaltukatjara art centre is just across the border in the NPY Lands of the Northern Territory. Kaltukatjara (Docker River) community was established as a settlement in the 1960s and is now home to around 300 people. It lies along stunning mountain ranges and river beds.

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