Delmore Gallery Alice Springs, NT 1997
Private Collection, QLD
Tjalkana is a rock-hole south of Mulga Bore on Atartinga Station N.E. of Alice Springs. It is central to the location of the Mulga Seed Dreaming Ceremony. This country is characterized by the intermittent groves of Mulga trees and open plain and harbours the secret place where this mythology is celebrated.
Essentially, this ground design is a very traditional work of art. The roundels each represent the places where the mythological Mulga Seed men stopped during their adventure travels about the country. In the physical layout of an actual ceremony, one roundel represents the place of seclusion for the young initiate(s). Here they were held, often for quite a long time, and prepared for escort (along connecting lines) into the other area for revelation of further knowledge pertaining to the story in hand. The arcs are the less senior men who wait for further knowledge to be revealed by the two ritual leaders.
Lindsay’s background dot work often represents the different stages in the life of the Mulga seed and Mulga fruit. Colour can indicate the raw, ripe and dry. In very prolonged drought times subsistence often fell back on the mulga tree. Even without a rain, it could be relied on to produce seed which in turn could be ground and made into damper.Share