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Iwantja tjukitji (Iwantja soakage)

Julie Yatjitja
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
152.5 x 167.5 cm
Iwantja Arts


JulieYatjitja’s painting captures the intensity and power of country where the Iwantja tjukitji (Iwantja soakage) is located, and which holds the story of the tjurki (native owl). Julie was born in the waters of the Iwantja creek, next to the large tjukitji. The area is shaded by large gum trees, and the banks of the creek nestle close to large boulders. As a child she and her family lived here in a hand-built wiltja (shelter). Yankunytjatjara families played in the creek waters and drank from the soakage. This special tjukitji is where the Indulkana community first began. This place also holds the Tjukurpa of the Tjurki who travelled across the desert and came to live in a large gum tree by the creek, to watch over the Aṉangu and keep them safe.

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