PUNU

Punu is a Pitjantjatjarra word meaning 'wood' or 'tree'. It is used to refer to wooden objects that may be useful items such as spears, boomerangs and bowls for carrying water and bush foods, or decorative items such as carvings of snakes and lizards. Ananguku Arts is running a week long wood carving workshop in Port Augusta to create new work for the Our Mob Port Augusta Exhibition in September. Adnyamathanha elder Roy Coulthard is leading the workshop and hopes the skills developed by the participants will encourage a revival in punu making in the Port Augusta region.

Patrick Ferguson, Workshop Assistant, is working on a series of large 7-shaped boomerangs
Patrick Ferguson, Workshop Assistant, is working on a series of large 7-shaped boomerangs
Richard Wilton filming Workshop Facilitator Roy Coulthard explaining how the punu is collected.
Richard Wilton filming Workshop Facilitator Roy Coulthard explaining how the punu is collected.
Dallas Brady made this short spear and brought it to the workshop. He plans to make some long spears with Roy Coulthard for the exhibition in September.
Dallas Brady made this short spear and brought it to the workshop. He plans to make some long spears with Roy Coulthard for the exhibition in September.
David Burnett honing a boomerang.
David Burnett honing a boomerang.
Punu Workshop
Roy Coulthard (left) with Darryl Thomas, Lindsay Thomas, Patrick Ferguson and Richard Wilton collecting wood on the first day of the worskhop.
Roy Coulthard (left) with Darryl Thomas, Lindsay Thomas, Patrick Ferguson and Richard Wilton collecting wood on the first day of the worskhop.
Lindsay works on a large boomerang while Patrick advises Kara Simes on a piti she is making.
Lindsay works on a large boomerang while Patrick advises Kara Simes on a piti she is making.
Darryl Thomas clamps his piece to the side of a trailer to get some traction with his rasp.
Darryl Thomas clamps his piece to the side of a trailer to get some traction with his rasp.
Roy and Kara work with Cliff looking on.
Roy and Kara work with Cliff looking on.
This mulga forest provided ample wood for the workshop under guidence from Roy Coulthard (right).
This mulga forest provided ample wood for the workshop under guidence from Roy Coulthard (right).
Patrick finished this 7 boomerang in no time.
Patrick finished this 7 boomerang in no time.

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