The bold linear pattern throughout Barbara's painting illustrates the Awelye (women's ceremony and body paint designs). After smearing their bodies with animal fat, the women trace these designs onto their breasts, arms and thighs', singing as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Their songs relate to the dreamtime stories of ancestral travel, dance and other totemic plants, animals and natural forces. Awelye demonstrates respect for the land. In performing these ceremonies they ensure well-being and happiness within their communities.
In this painting, the large concentric circles (blue and purple coloured) represent old women's dancing sites. The small concentric circles represent young girls' dancing sites. The old women teach laws and dancing to young girls.