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Alkawari Dawson

Kalaya Wati - 2007

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
198 x 118 cm
EST. $5,000 - $8,000

MP #337


Created at Tommy Watson's Residence, NT
Agathon Galleries, NSW Cat No. AGAD03071933
Tineriba Tribal Gallery, SA
Private Collection, SA
Cooee Art, NSW

This paintings on canvas represents Kalaya Wati Tjukurrpa - Emu Man Dreaming and the Tjukurrpa Mulapa (true Dreaming) that relates to the country of her birth.

Alkuwarri often painted a fragment of the Tjukurrpa that tooks place in the night at kalaya ngura (empty place) beside a large rockhole called Tjukarta Tjukarta.

The minyma were lying beside the rockhole trying to sleep. They were restless because a Wati Liru (Snake Man) was moving about in the shadows nearby with a lot of baby snakes. All of the camp dogs were asleep except for one who was stalking several baby emus. The wati and minyma kalaya (men and women emus) were agitated and worried for their tjitji (children) who were running in all directions then cowered in a wiltja for shelter.