Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Anwekety (Conkerberry) MB039480-Rosie Pwerle

Acrylic on Linen
90 x 90cm
Year Painted


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Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Anwekety (Conkerberry) MB039480-Rosie Pwerle

Rosie is painting Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for the Anwekety (Conkerberry) Dreamtime story that belongs to her country, Ahalpere.

The linear designs represent the Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs. The Anwekety story is a major Dreamtime story for Rosie's country and ceremonies by her people are performed to ensure its productivity as a food source and life form of the ancestors. These ceremonial designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. The dot work in this painting represents the Anwekety (conkerberry) of the Dreaming. Also known as bush plum to Rosie, this is a sweet black berry that is favoured by desert aboriginals. They only grow on the plant (Carissa lanceolata) for a few weeks of the year, however Rosie's people collect plenty of them and store them dry, soaking them in water again before being consumed. This plant also bares medicinal properties. The orange inner bark from the roots can be soaked in water and the resultant solutions can be used as a medicinal wash. This is particularly favoured for skin and eye conditions. The thorns on the shrub can be used to cure warts. In the Dreamtime, winds blew from all directions, carrying the Anwekety seed over Rosie's ancestors' land. The first Anwekety of the Dreamings then grew, bore fruit and dropped more seeds. Many winds blew the seeds all over the Dreaming lands.

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