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SP8848

My Mother's Awelye (Women's Ceremony) Story

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Acrylic on Canvas
Size
30 x 30cm
Year Painted
2021
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SP8848

My Mother's Awelye (Women's Ceremony) Story

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Catalogue Number:SP8848

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Catalogue Number:
SP8848

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Artist Name:
Dora Mpetyane
Artwork Size:
30 x 30cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted:
2021
Title:
My Mother's Awelye (Women's Ceremony) Story
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on canvas will be shipped in a cylinder to you free of charge, worldwide! An option to have this painting 'stretched' onto a wooden frame may be available. If selected, further charges will apply and will be calculated at checkout.

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Dora has painted the Awelye (Women's Ceremonial Body Paint Designs) for the ancestral dreamtime stories of the Anemangkerr (bush melon or tomato) which belong to her mother's country, Atnwengerrp, in the Utopia Region. Dora inherited the permission to paint this design by her mother, the late Minnie Pwerle.

The bold linear pattern of stripes and curves throughout Dora's painting illustrates the Awelye. 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 dreamtime stories of ancestral travel, dance and other totemic plants, animals and natural forces. Awelye demonstrates respect for the land. In performing these ceremonies they ensure well-being and happiness within their communities.

Concentric circles represent waterholes and small circles depict the Anemangkerr.

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Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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