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Researcher, RMIT School of Design, RMIT University

“My paintings are what connects me, my country and culture through traditional stories passed down from my family, particularly my mum and grandmother who I got to watch paint as a young child. They are the source of my inspiration and painting my stories connect me to my country throughout the Western Desert region.”

Western Arrarnta, Luritja and Kokatha man Emrhan Sultan Tjapanangka is a creative artists and cultural consultant, and owner of Mukulri Creative.

Tjapanangka works with businesses to develop cultural understanding by developing a statement of commitment/intent and cultural strengthening plans.

The art journey is a practice inspired by country, family connections, and experiences taught to Tjapanangka by family members as a young boy. This is a cultural practice that remains strong.

Culture and knowledge are important to Tjapanangka who helps to share and educate both non-Aboriginal people and Aboriginal people from other parts of the country. Tjapanangka addresses cultural appropriations within Aboriginal Cultural Intellectual Property by educating others on the importance of respecting one’s cultural connections through symbols and iconographies.


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    Researcher, RMIT School of Design, RMIT University