Kulata Tjuta

Place Oceania: Australia, South Australia
Accession Number AWM2016.167.1
Collection type Art
Measurement Framed: 124.8 cm x 201.8 cm x 5 cm; Unframed: 122 x 198 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description synthetic polymer paint on linen
Maker Ken, Kunmanara (Ray)
Place made Australia: South Australia, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
Date made 2015

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


This painting commemorates Indigenous military service through the story of 'Kulata Tjuta' [many spears]. Through his painting, Kunmanara (Ray) Ken celebrates the importance of the traditional craft of carving spears and the deep connection to Anangu men who have fought to protect their Country over millennia.

In 2010 Ray Ken was one of a group of senior Amata men who initiated the cultural project 'Kulata Tjuta' to pass on the skills of spear making. The project was developed to engage their young men with culture and histories through painting, and to bring this engagement to audiences outside their communities.