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Land Management, Burning Country

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When the weather gets cooler and there is a bit of wind blowing we drive out and light fires. It’s really important to clean the country when there is too much grass as it stops the big fires coming. We also need to clear away the old grass so new grass can grow. The new green grass attracts caterpillars, and the tirngka [sand goannas] eat the caterpillars and then get really fat.

Dianne Ungukalpi Golding

A painting depicting a black night sky and a landscape with clumps of grass and a few trees . Across this on a red earth road there are two four-wheel drives travelling each with a number of passengers inside and luggage on the roof.
Land Management, Burning Country, 2012, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, acrylic on canvas, 1015 x 1215 mm.
Dianne Ungukalpi Golding portrait.
Photo: Jo Foster

Dianne Ungukalpi Golding
born 1966
Purungu skin group

Dianne Ungukalpi Golding was born at Katartirn, near Warburton, and attended school in Warburton and Kalgoorlie.

As a young woman she moved to Docker River, Northern Territory, then to Warakurna, as part of the homelands movement.

Golding is an accomplished weaver of baskets and sculptures. She paints Karlaya Tjukurrpa (Emu Dreaming), Kungkarrangkalpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming) and Tjukurrpa Patirlpa Wati (Parrot Men Dreaming), and represents figures from these Dreamings in her tjanpi.

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