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Wawiriya Burton

(1925 – )

Language group
Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region
Ngayuku Mamaku Ngura
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

197.0 x 198.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Accession number
© Wawiriya Burton. Tjala Arts
Not on display
Further information

Tjala Arts was established by the women of the community in 1999 (originally as Minymaku Arts) and provides the opportunity for Anangu (Pitjantjatjara people) to develop skills in fine art and regional production. The art centre also plays a significant role in the well-being of the community and maintaining culture and law.

The Art Centre documentation for this work states: Here, Burton is telling the story of her father's country near Pipalyatjara, west of Amata. It depicts minima mingkiri tjuta – meaning many small female mammals. These mingkiri are pregnant and give birth to many babies. They then journey to the surrounding rockholes in search of food and water to feed their young. The dotted lines are mingkiri tracks.

Bibliography (1)

Cara Pinchbeck, Look, 'The impetus behind the art', pg. 29, Newtown, Feb 2012, 29 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Ngura wiru mulpa: Beautiful country, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Waterloo, 28 May 2011–18 Jun 2011