That Kipara (bush turkey) there... that one is good bush tucker. Those fellas sometimes come back with a good one for the minyma (women). It tastes like chicken but better, kuka wiru (good meat). When I was thinking about making that one, I thought some kalaya wipia (emu feathers) would be wiru (lovely, good) so I started sewing but then I kept going and covered 'im up (laughs). I kept stitching and made that one kunpu (strong). There are hundreds of stitches, now I'm ninti (wise, knowing) for that way. I can make my animals good and strong!
Courtesy of Tjanpi Desert Weavers
raffia, emu feathers
38 x 29 x 72 cm
Judges of the 2009 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Geoffrey Cassidy (Director of Artbank), Neil Balnaves (Founder of The Balnaves Foundation) and Diane Balnaves (Trustee of The Balnaves Foundation).
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