Tjamu Murray George
|(Tjamu is the Pitjantjatjara peoples’ word for Grandfather) |
Murray George (pictured below) is the Chair of APY Lore and Culture Committee
An iconic piece of history – a genuinely unique set of painting with story sung live by the Artist, and a man
of high importance and respect, this is a wonderful artwork for a genuine Collector.
MEDIUM: acrylic on canvas
SIZE: 90 x 120cm
ENJOY THE VIDEO –
A wonderful rare opportunity as Murray George personally tells and sings you the story
of this beautiful painting, He has painted the story of this important area
which is also part of the Two Brothers Walking movie link here.
Wanampi Painting refers to ta real place, a beautiful water hole at Piltilti in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankuntjatjara Lands of South Australia.
This is the home of Wanampi or Water Snake, known in many places as Rainbow Serpent who lived and carried on traditional life as real people through this country.
Wanampi is the life generating principle and the creative force that maintains country and people
ART TO ENHANCE YOUR SPACE WITH A STORY TO ENHANCE YOUR MIND
“We want to be one voice, we have to support all the people and back them up to come back to their own culture”, Murray George, a Pitjantjatjara elder from Fregon community in the far north of South Australia, told a March 2 meeting in the Adelaide Activist Centre.
Murray, his partner Kanginy George and Adelaide-based Aboriginal activist John Hartley had just returned from an Elders’ meeting at the Alyawarr people’s walk-off camp, 300 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs. The people have walked off their community of Ampilatwatja, which is prescribed under the Northern Territory intervention, and set up a protest camp.
Murray and Kanginy explained the cultural loss and disempowerment affecting their community and others across Australia.
“Our law has never changed from the beginning”, said Murray. “But our law is getting smaller and smaller and we worry for it. We worry for our children.”
He said: “The government has to recognise us, we are Australian people. We want to go two ways. Whitefella way only is too hard for us.
We need to have Aboriginal way and whitefella way, together.”
The stand taken by elders at the Alyawarr walk-off has generated discussion across Aboriginal communities about how they can support the protest and strengthen culture in their own communities.
Murray and Kanginy plan to travel to communities in the coming months to help facilitate a large gathering for Aboriginal rights later this year in central Australia.
Murray concluded: “All the people need to come together and stand up for all of our rights.”