Tjala Tjukurpa

Yaritji Young is a senior Pitjantjatjara law woman and artist who works at Tjala Arts in Amata, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia. She is a traditional owner for the Tjala Tjukurpa (Honey Ant creation story) and her paintings share the many stories associated with this Tjukurpa. Using the bright colours of the desert in spring, she paints the twisting lines and shapes made by the tunnelling ants. The artist’s knowledge of how to collect the honey ants and the stories associated with them have been passed down from her father and her grandparents and she in turn has passed them down to her family.


Yaritji Young
Pitjantjatjara people, South Australia
Tjala Arts

Yaritji Young, Pitjantjatjara people, South Australia, born Rocket Bore, South Australia 1956, Tjala tjukurpa – Honey ant story, 2021, Amata, South Australia, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 300.0 x 200.0 cm © Yaritji Young/Tjala Arts