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Robin Kankapankatja: Walalkara - Looking after Country


  • No.:RK0727
  • Medium:Acrylic on Linen
  • Size:153 × 66 cm
  • Year:2012
  • Region:APY Lands (East)
  • Art Centre:Kaltjiti Arts
  • Status:

Robin identified this tree in the 'Field guide to Plants to the Outback of South Australia' by Frank Kutsche and Brendon. He calls them ANYMA and they are uncommon in this North West region but some are found south of Fregon.

The common name is Red Mulga - Acacia cyperophylla

Trunk and branches are distinctly red with thin reddish bark forming numerous distinctive curls.

Robin's theme is always his traditional country, Walalkara, 700,000 hectares of the Great Victoria Desert protected as the Walalkara Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). 65 kilometres south west of Kaltjiti, this region has one of the highest diversity of reptile species found anywhere in the world. An expert tracker, he has an intimate knowledge of the animals and plants. He creates maps of his country with an easy sense of space and openness. This is the Yankunytjatjara country of the artist Robin Kankapankatja, as senior traditional elder, and his family. They are nguraritja, the people who belong to this south country of Walalkara in the far north west of South Australia on the APY Lands.

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