Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Anemangkerr (Bush Melon) MB022628-Minnie Pwerle

30 x 30cm


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Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Anemangkerr (Bush Melon) MB022628-Minnie Pwerle

The bold linear pattern of stripes and curves throughout Minnie's painting illustrates Awelye, women's ceremonial body paint design. 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 dreaming stories of ancestral travel and other totemic plants, animals and natural forces. Awelye, woman's ceremony, demonstrates respect for the land and in performing these ceremonies they ensure well-being and happiness within their communities.

In this painting, Minnie also illustrates the Anemangkerr, a small globular fruit that she describes as being 'a little melon'. This fruit is high in Vitamin C and is favoured for its exceptional keeping qualities. Excess fruit is often threaded onto sticks, after removing the inedible black seeds. The fruit can then be dried and stored for a considerable period of time.

Minnie enjoys using many vivid colours in her paintings, however the traditional colours used during ceremony for her dreamtime stories are red and white. Her stories belong to her country, Atnwengerrp. Atnwengerrp lies in the heartland of Alyawarr country, approximately 200 kilometres to the northeast of Alice Springs, in Central Australia.

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