Born: c. 1937
Language Group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ilkawerne, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen
Subjects: Ahakeye (Bush Plum), Arekwarr (Wild Pigeon) Dreaming, Atyetyart (Olden Day People) Story, Country, Men's Stories
Harold is a 'boss man' of Ilkawerne country, south of the Utopia Region. In Dec 2000/Jan 2001, Mbantua Gallery exhibited for the first time Atyetyart stories representing the men from this area. Harold is the main story teller of Atyetyart stories stories about the 'olden day people', he says. These stories were passed down to him by his father. Harold says the passing of stories through the generations keeps the stories alive and the country strong.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
|2001||Atyetyart (Olden Day Stories), Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs|
|2002||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR|
|2003||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR|
|2004||Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Portland, Oregon|
|2005||The Utopia Men, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs|
Harold paints the story of the Two Pythons Travelling and Ahakeye (Bush Plum). This is a very important story for Harold that belongs to his country, Ilkawerne. This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Harold from his father. The ahakeye, called bush plum in English by Harold, is also known as the native currant or citrus. It belongs to the canthium attenuatum shrub which grows about 3m high. This shrub produces small white flowers, deep green citrus-like leaves and the ahakeye which are black when ripe and very small. This fruit is favoured for its sweet taste and can be reconstituted in water if dry.
Concentric circles represent the site of the Bush Plum tree. Parallel lines represent travel lines of the Ilkawerne people, much like a highway, Harold says. One line represents the people travelling to the Ahakeye, the next line coming back, and so forth. The two pythons can be seen alongside these travel lines. The background dotting represents the raw seeds of the Ahakeye.