‘Mai (Bush Food)’ painting


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Paintings depict the Tjukurpa, the Law and stories of Ancestors. Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) have responsibilities for the protection and teaching of different Tjukurpa and there are strict protocols for the imparting of knowledge. The dotting technique has evolved with the need to adapt sacred expressions of Tjukurpa for public viewing and as a depiction of the desert landscape. Collecting mai or plant foods and other desert foods is important work and ritual for women as well as a major theme in paintings. In this painting Valerie depicts children collecting mai.

Acrylic on un-stretched canvas.

30 x 30cm

Mutitjulu, Uluru, Northern Territory.

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Valerie Brumby

Valerie Brumby is an artist based at Mutitjulu community within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where her family have a strong involvement in looking after their traditional country.

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