Bernard Tjalkuri: Tjitji Tjuta
Tjitji Tjuta by Bernard Tjalkuri
According to the Short Street Gallery, Bernard Tjalkuri was born in the bush at Waltja rockhole close to the homeland of Kunumatain the far north west of the Pitjantjatjara Lands of northern South Australia in 1930. Bernard's mother's country is Watarru and his father's place is Aparatjara, which is located near Kanpi community. Bernard lived a traditional nomadic life in the desert prior to contact with Europeans. He remembers seeing 'whitefellas' travelling through his country as they headed west to the Warburton Mission when he was a young man.
The work of art
Bernard Tjalkuri has created a number of works of art under the title of Tjitji Tjuta. The term Tjitji Tjuta refers to a rocky outcrop familiar to the artist.