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Minyma Mingkiri Tjuta

Angela Burton , Maureen Douglas, Naomi Douglas
Synthetic Polymer on Linen
152 x 241.5 cm
Tjala Arts


The Burton Women, including Angela, Maureen and Naomi together depict the Minyma Mingkiri Tjuta (Small female desert mice) Tjukurpa. The mingkiri are pregnant and give birth to many babies, then journey to the surrounding rock holes in search of food and water for their young. The dotted lines represent travel paths as the mice journey for water, the circles represent Kapi Tjukula (waterholes) where the mice stop and rest along the way. The Burton women paint the stories of their ancestral country near Pipalyatjara, west of Amata in South Australia. Daughters and granddaughters of the prolific and highly celebrated artist Kunmanara (Wawiriya) Burton, the women come together to paint in order to remember, celebrate and pass on her stories.

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

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