Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam) and Kame (Seed) MB020550-Maureen Purvis Kngwarreye

Acrylic on Canvas
210 x 150cm
Year Painted


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Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam) and Kame (Seed) MB020550-Maureen Purvis Kngwarreye

Kame, the seed of the Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam), is the subject of Maureen's painting. The Dreamtime story for this seed belongs to Maureen's country Alhalkere in the Utopia Region, north east of Alice Springs.

In the Dreamtime there are two parts to the Kame story, one that belongs to Alhalkere and Atnangkere countries, and the other that belongs to Arnumarra country. Two different seeds were born that created two different species of Pencil Yam; one called Atnwelarre which belongs to Maureen's country, and the other called Arlatyeye which belongs to Arnumarra country. The Kame story is a major Dreamtime story for Maureen's country and ceremonies by her people are performed to ensure its productivity as a food source and life form of the ancestors.

Maureen uses soft dot work and beautiful colours in this painting to represent the Kame. This style was custom made by Maureen for her story.

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