Language Group: Alyawarre
Country: Irrweltye, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Subjects: Anaty (Desert Yam or Bush Potato)
Tenallie started painting for Mbantua Gallery in December 2018. Her paintings represent the Anaty (desert yam or bush potato), which she enjoys collecting in her homeland. The dreamtime story comes from her grandfather's country.
Tenallie is daughter to Natalie Mills Pwerle who has the same story, Anaty Dreaming. Tenallie's grandmother is Josepha Petrick who is a well-known artist and has been painting for a long time. Tenallie married Trinity Bird in 2013.
Tenallie paints the Anaty (Desert Yam or Bush Potato) story from her country, Irrweltye.
This yam grows underground with its viny shrub growing above ground up to 1 metre high. It is normally found on spinifex sand plains and produces large pink flowers after summer rain. The anaty is a tuber, or swollen root, of the shrub and tastes much like the common sweet potato. It can be eaten raw or cooked and is still a staple food for the desert aborigines where it can be harvested at any time of the year. Some can be found as big as a person's head, making this a very important food source in the harsh Australian desert.