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Title

Ngayuku ngura (my country)

2018

Artist

Wawiriya Burton

Australia

1925 - 09 Mar 2021

Language group

Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    APY Lands South Australia Australia
    Cultural origin
    Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region
    Date
    2018
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    acrylic on linen canvas
    Dimensions
    240.0 x 201.0 cm
    Credit
    Roberts Family Acquisition 2018
    Location
    20th & 21st c Australian art
    Accession number
    243.2018
    Copyright
    © Wawiriya Burton. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Wynne Prize
    Roberts Family Prize - 2018
    Artist information
    Wawiriya Burton

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    With a colourful palette and lively composition, Ngayuku ngura (my country) 2018 celebrates the rich fauna of the area around Pipalyatjara, Burton’s father’s country west of Amata in South Australia. It depicts minyma mingkiri tjuta (small female desert mice). The mingkiri are pregnant and give birth to many babies. They then journey to the surrounding rock holes in search of food and water for their young. The dotted lines are mingkiri tracks.

    ‘A long time ago, when we were little children, we ran around Puta Puta and Ilitjata, our grandfather’s and father’s ground, and because of this we grew up strong. Why? Because it’s Anangu country – Aboriginal people’s country – of their spirit.’

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