Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Yerrampe (Honey Ant) SP8531-Nora Petyarre Club

Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 15cm
Year Painted


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Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Yerrampe (Honey Ant) SP8531-Nora Petyarre Club

The short linear designs in Nora's painting represent Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint designs) for the Yerrampe (Honey Ant) Dreaming story. These 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 women sing the songs associated with their awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'.

The Dreaming story of yerrampe belongs to her countries Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr. Yerrampe are a sweet bush food for the aboriginal people. When hunting for yerrampe care is taken not to kill or hurt them (or not get bitten either!) so that they can go on and collect more honey. The sac on the back of the honey ant is pure, natural honey.

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