Ngayuku ngura (my country)
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.’
acrylic on linen canvas
240.0 x 201.0 cm
Roberts Family Acquisition 2018
© Wawiriya Burton. Licensed by Copyright Agency