Wawiriya Burton

(Australia 1925 – )

Community
Amata, Southern Desert region
Language group
Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

Ngayuku ngura (my country)

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.’

Place of origin
APY Lands, South Australia, Australia
Year
2018
Media
Painting
Medium
acrylic on linen canvas
Dimensions
240.0 x 201.0 cm
Credit
Roberts Family Acquisition 2018
Accession number
243.2018
Copyright
© Wawiriya Burton. Tjala Arts