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Antara – Maku Dreaming

Anita Pumani
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
199.5 x 149.5 cm
Mimili Maku Arts


This painting is about Antara, a site close to Mimili Community that is very important to my family. Kungka Kutjara ananyi tjukula. A long time ago two women went to the hill around Antara. They were singing inma (song) and hitting the rock with punu (stick). Maku tjuta (a lot of witchetty grubs) came from the tree we call Maku Ilykuwara (Witchetty Bush). When we go out to Antara and sing inma, we collect maku tjuta and other bush tucker the next day. Auntie Milatjari Pumani taught me how to respect Maku Tjurkurpa for Mimili Community. I also teach my daughters what Maku Tjurkurpa means. I am proud to be custodian of that country.

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