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Title

Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country)

2020

Artists

Betty Muffler

Australia

04 Oct 1944 –

Language group: Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

Maringka Burton

Australia

1950 –

Language group: Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
Alternate image of Ngangkari Ngura (Healing Country) by Betty Muffler, Maringka Burton
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Indulkana Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands South Australia Australia
    Date
    2020
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer on linen
    Dimensions
    289.0 x 490.0 cm
    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal art Collection Benefactors and Atelier 2021
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    66.2021
    Copyright
    © Betty Muffler/Copyright Agency © Maringka Burton/Copyright Agency

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    A respected senior woman and artist at Iwantja Arts, Betty Muffler’s practice spans painting, drawing, printmaking and tjanpi (native grass) weaving. She is a renowned ngangkari (traditional healer), a practice handed down through her father’s side and taught to her by her aunties. Alongside a rigorous art practice, she works extensively with Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council and medical practitioners to support Anangu to good health and through times of crisis. Drawing on personal experience, Muffler’s work questions how we care for one another and sentient land. A recurring theme is the healing of Country and Anangu in the aftermath of British atomic weapons testing at Maralinga and Emu Field.

    Maringka Burton is also a respected senior artist working at Iwantja Arts who maintains a prolific practice across painting and tjanpi (native grass) weaving. She was born near the site of the Anamara (caterpillar) Tjukurpa, south of Irrunytju (Wingellina). Burton is a highly regarded ngangkari (traditional healer), having been guided in this practice by her father, Charlie Tjalkuriny (Charlie Burton). Her ngangkari work involves extensive travel and working alongside doctors and nurses to support Anangu patients in hospitals and clinics.

    This work serves to document the unseen connections Anangu have with Country, transcending Western concepts of time, space and being. Built up from black backgrounds, the painting can be viewed as a nocturnal landscape that refer to the journeys of the ngangkari, who travel in their sleep to meet and treat patients in need of healing.

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