An image of Warlu Tjukurrpa

Carol Maayatja Golding

(Australia circa 1930 – 24 Feb 2016)

Wannarn, Southern Desert region
Language group
Ngaanyatjarra, Southern Desert region

Warlu Tjukurrpa

Not on display
Further information

The art centre documentation for this work states:
Carol Maayatja Golding was born at Walu rockhole not far from Warakurna. This painting depicts a story from Carol's birth country. There were two men and one little boy camping at the Walu rockhole. The men went hunting and left the little boy behind. The men returned with an emu and started cooking it and cutting it into pieces. They pulled out the emu's heart and the little boy grabbed it. He ran away back to his father's camp with the heart and its blood spilt onto the rocks leaving behind a trail of blood. The boy told his father that the wati (male elder) had growled at him.

The wati had secretly followed the boy back to his father's camp. He was a powerful magic man and conjured a giant willy willy and turned the boy into wind.

The emu's blood trail stained the rocks and can still be seen there today. This is a very sorry story.

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
151.5 x 75.5 cm
Purchased with funds provided by Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University 2007
Accession number
© Carol Maayatja Golding. Licensed by Copyright Agency