Tjunkaya Tapaya's - Kungkarangkalpa


Tjunkaya Tapaya's - Kungkarangkalpa

Size: 122cm x 152.5cm

Medium: Acrylic on linen

Kungkarangkalpa means the Seven Sisters, which is an extensive creation story relating to the Pleiades constellation. The story traverses Australia taking different forms but local women are privy to the part of the story which takes place in the country near Ernabella. In this part, the sisters are being chased by the man Nyiru who wants to sleep with the oldest sister but whom all the younger sisters are deeply afraid of. As Nyiru is chasing the sisters he tries to catch them by using magic to turn into the most tempting bush tomatoes for the sisters to eat and the most beautiful ili (fig) tree for them to camp under. However the sisters are knowledgeable of his magic and go hungry and run through the night rather than be caught by Nyiru. Eventually the sisters fly into the sky to escape Nyiru where they turn into stars and a constellation.