NUI MINYINTIRI Aboriginal KANTI QUARTZ KNIFE Ayers Rock Australia Elder Tracker
Cool find from a San Juan Capistrano estate sale...
Rare Aboriginal quartz knife made by Ayers Rock elder Nui Minyintiri. I believe this is the tracker from the famous real-life Chamberlain dingo homicide case. A 2004 mini-series was made about this case entitled "Through My Eyes" in which the character of Nui Minyintiri was portrayed as a tracker.
In 1980, Lindy Chamberlain claimed a dingo had stolen her baby, Nui the tracker had found evidence of it being a dingo, but nonetheless she was convicted of murder with a life sentence and spent three years in jail before evidence was found that it was in fact a dingo and Lindy Chamberlain was released.
This is what the card stock explanation reads... "The Aboriginal KANTI is a tool of great antiquity. Carbon dating on recent finds puts them between 15,000 and 30,000 years BP. This particular type of KANTI is made by Nui Minyintiri, a tribal elder of AYERS ROCK who specializes in the craft, and the quartz used is from an ancient mine in the Petermann Ranges West of Ayers Rock. Nui knapps or chips the rock into razor sharp knife pieces, a task which requires great precision and skill, then selecting only the best pieces, he forms a handle on each using KITI (spinifex resin) which he has prepared himself. Traditionally the blunt edge of the knife would be reworked to produce a new sharp edge and eventually, when no longer functional, the knife would be discarded, the KITI handle kept, and a new knife made."
Myths and legends claim spiritual mystical magical healing powers to be associated with these types of pieces!
One of the pictures was taken by shining a flashlight from behind so you can see the quartz structure.
International buyers can use a reshipping company to get this delivered.