Thus, when the Anangu talk of the different natural elements within the park, they do so by considering them in relation to specific tjukurpa beings rather than by searching for ecological or geological explanations.
Tjukurpa also means law; it is the basis of the rules governing behavior among people and between people and Earth.
Light and deep shade, abstractions of the natural world, male and female essences, constriction and openness alternate in the sequences that you choose in the building (for after the Tjukurpa space there are few moments in plan which dictate that you will adopt a particular route).
1 Tjukurpa, Anangu law, locks humankind into a continuum with the natural world in a way that is at first totally incomprehensible and alien to people brought up with Western values.
The stories combine elements of tjukurpa with the everyday, past with the present, and humour with hardship.
3) In this text, Anangu explain tjukurpa to mean 'our story, history, Aboriginal Law, "Dreaming"' (p.
Bringing 'saying things' into the picture also connects with the fact that in some languages, such as Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara, the word tjukurpa
also has the meanings 'something said, message' and 'story'.
refers to the occasion when these beings became animated and emerged on the surface of the earth, sharing the identities of both humans and the animal and plant species of the localities, for example kangaroo-man, emu-man, perentie-man, bowerbird-women, lizard-woman and native fig-man.