piltati, acrylic on canvas

ernabella

piltati, acrylic on canvas
  • piltati, acrylic on canvas
  • piltati, acrylic on canvas
  • $1,376.00

approximate size: 98.5 x 67.5cm

acrylic on canvas

there were two sisters who married two brothers and they all lived together. one day the women went wandering and they went such a long way that they forgot about their husbands. back at the camp, the two husbands were thinking, 'where are our wives?' and they decided to go looking for them. one brother said to the other, 'what should become to go looking for them?' and the other brother said 'why don't we become rainbow serpents?' and they travelled in the sky looking down for their wives.

finally they see them hunting for carpet snakes and they put something in the hole where the women were digging. the women find it and then dig another hole and once again the men have put something in there. and this is how the men lure the women back to piltati where the men make the sisters transform into wanampi, swallow them and keep them in their throats. all four of them live together in the waterhole and still live there today.

this original artwork has been hand painted by aboriginal artists at the ernabella arts centre. ernabella arts centre is a place where elders, young women and men practice there art, in order to sustain, support and promote cultural heritage and improve the lifestyle of their communities members. 

at planet we donate the full retail margin (after the cost of framing, gst and artist's commission) to a charity nominated by ernabella arts centre; the western dialysis centre.

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