June Bird. Awelye, 1999, painting


June BIRD (1955)

" Awelye ", 1999

Acrylic on canvas

June Bird lived in the Utopia region located 250 km northeast of Alice Springs. This semi-dessert zone regroups an important Aborigene community composed of Anmatyerre and Alyawarre tribes. Since 1979, some have regained much of the freehold land. During the 19th century they lost ownership but were not forced to move.
This work is inspired by Awelye ceremonies reserved for women in the Utopia region o(central Australian desert), where participants paint on the bodies of other dancers. They execute patterns made with a variety of natural pigments such as ocher ores, charcoal and plant materials fastened with animal fats.

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