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Wira walka

Alison Milyika Carroll
48 x 20 Ø cm
Ernabella Arts


A wira is a small cup-like digging bowl or multi-purpose object. In the early days this walka (design) was burnt with wire on to wooden carvings, particularly onto the wira. This association with women has seen the wira walka take on an identity as a female design. It is also highly reminiscent of the marks made in ochre or paint on a woman’s breasts during inma (ceremony). This design has become an iconic element in art from the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yangkantjatjara Lands.

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

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