Across the Top 2019

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Stanley Presley Kali (Boomerang) 2019
Kataya- Limestone Wattle
530 x 50mm

Known collectively as punu, the carvings of Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have their beginnings in the Tjukurpa when the Creation Ancestors fashioned the first weapons and tools, setting down the laws and conventions of their design. The Central and Western Desert kali or boomerang is a non-returning one and is usually crafted from wanari, mulga wood. It is used for hunting and fighting and in pairs as a percussive instrument for inma or ceremony. Size and shape differ according to the individual craftsman. "Watingku pungjula tjilpirpungkula kutjarara irira ayi- mira mira wirura mulapa." Anangu wati tjilpi "A man strikes and splits the wood in two, trims it back, exclaiming with pride- paying close attention to his expert crafting." Senior Aboriginal man

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