Awelye (Women's Ceremony) SP7045-May Lewis Pwerle

Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30cm


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Awelye (Women's Ceremony) SP7045-May Lewis Pwerle

In this painting, May illustrates Awelye (Women's Ceremony). Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.

The women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'. Dancing sticks can also be seen next to the women.

Linear designs are painted onto their chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. Concentric circles represent the site where the Awelye is being performed. Background dotting represents May's country, Atnwergerrp.

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