This is my country, Piltati. There is one bird here. The two women from Piltati have been digging all the holes.
Piltati Tjukurpa (the creation story for Piltati). Wati wanampi kutjara (the two serpent brothers) live here in the rock hole. Ngayulu law (I’m the law man for this place). Kungka kutjarangku kuka langka munu kuniya, kuka kutjupa-kutjupa tjawara (the two sisters were digging for edible snakes and lizards). Tjukurpa mulapa (this is a true story). Minyma mulapa. Wati mulapa. Piltatila.
In this print Tiger is telling us about the animals that were hunted and then cooked before eating. Food that is cook is called ‘kuka’, where as food that is not cooked such as fruit is called ‘mai’. The circle in the middle is a kapi tjukula or rock hole where water collects after the rains.
Heading towards the Kapi or water are tinka or sand goannas and langa or blue tongue lizards. There are also liru or snakes. The circles with blue dots are mai, most likely kampurapa or bush raisin which Tiger regularly depicts in his paintings.
The artwork for this print was completed during a workshop, conducted by master printer basil Hall at Tjala Arts in September 2006. Each colour was painted on a clear acetate sheet by the artist. The artwork was then combined and editioned by Simon White at Basil Hall Editions studio in Darwin in January 2007.