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Inma (ceremony)

Faith Butler
Dye on silk crepe de chine
131 x 107 cm
Tjarlirli & Kaltukatjara Art


This painting depicts the country of Faith Cutler’s grandmother, auntie and uncle. Minyma tjuta (many women) of the Tingarri Dreaming are travelling towards Kintore. They are at a place with three rock holes near the home of the Tingarri Dreaming, now a sacred women’s site. They have with them all the types of bush tucker that they have collected. They sing and dance about the activities and adventures of the ancestors. The design represents the sandhills, creeks and rock holes used in the traditional way in women’s ceremonial sand drawings and body painting.

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

On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.


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