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Title

Ngayuku ngura (my country)

2018


Artist

Wawiriya Burton

Australia

1925 -

Language group

Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region


About

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.’


Details


Place where the work was made

APY Lands South Australia Australia


Date

2018


Media category

Painting


Materials used

acrylic on linen canvas


Dimensions

240.0 x 201.0 cm


Credit

Roberts Family Acquisition 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

243.2018


Artist information

Wawiriya Burton

Works in the collection

2