not titled [Spear]

Place Oceania: Australia, South Australia, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
Accession Number AWM2017.1351.1
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 191 x 3.2 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description spearwood, Mulga, Mulga resin, kangaroo sinew, bone.
Maker Young, Frank
Date made 2017
Conflict Period 2010-2019

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


This spear was presented to Director Dr Brendon Nelson and Ryan Johnston, Head of Art, on the 16th of November, 2017 at the launch for the APY Lands Art Collective painting 'Kulatangku angakanyini manta munu Tjukurpa [Country and Culture will be protected by spears]'. Created by Frank Young, chair of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, the spear was used during tribal performances as part of the launch. The spear complements the theme of protecting country seen in the APY Lands painting and Young, reflecting on the theme said "one of the most important responsibilities [is] looking after Country, protecting Country, and keeping Country safe."

The spear was made on Country by Young, using materials such as wood (punu), Mulga and Mulga resin (kiti), kangaroo sinew for binding the spearhead to the spear (malu pulyku), and bone. The spearhead measures 25cm in length and the spear has a pale pink stain along the length.

Frank Young is a Pitjantjatjara leading elder and his country is near Waturu on the APY Lands. He lives now in the Amata Community, just south of Uluru-Kata Tjuta inside the South Australian border and works for Tjala Arts. He was taught the art of spear making from his grandfather. In 2017 Frank Young, his grandson and neice won the NATSIAAs (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards) for his project 'Kulata Tjuta - Wati kulunypa tjukurpa' [Many Spears - Young Fella Story].