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Betty Pumani

(Australia 01 Jun 1963 – )

Language group
Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region , Yankunytjatjara, Southern desert region
Place of origin
MimiliAnangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara LandsSouth AustraliaAustralia
Cultural origin
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

198.0 x 198.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2014
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani is the daughter of the late Milatjari Pumani and the younger sister of Ngupulya Pumani. Betty was born and raised in Mimili, in the Southern Desert region, where she continues to live. Pumani is a recognised Ngangkari (healer) and worked as a teacher at Mimili Anangu school before starting to paint at Mimili Maku art centre in 2007.

'Antara' 2014 depicts Pumani's mother's country of Antara, a site north-west of Mimili community which is extremely important to Pitjantjatjara people. It holds many Tjukurrpa songlines that cross this area of country and has an important rockhole where women perform inmaku pakani, a dance ceremony related to the maku (witchetty grub). The natural features of the surrounding landscape, the rocks, rockholes, creeks and mountains are also included in the work.

Exhibition history (1)

Tjina Kuwaritji: fresh tracks, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Waterloo, 03 Apr 2014–26 Apr 2014

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