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Yinarupa Nungala
Women’s Ceremony

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Women Ceremonies paintings are predominately from the Utopian Region “Awelye ” , an Anmatyarre word referring to women’s business and to ceremonies associated with ritual knowledge owned only by Women. The Awelye is performed by Aboriginal women to recall their ancestors, to show respect for their country and to demonstrate their responsibility for the wellbeing of their community.

Since it reflects women’s role as the nurturer the Awelye makes connections with the fertility of the land and a celebration of the aboriginal food it provides. It is women’s business and is never done in the presence of men.

The Awelye ceremony begins with the women painting each others’ bodies in designs relating to a particular women’s Dreaming and in accordance with their skin name and tribal hierarchy. The Awelye designs represent a range of Dreamings including animals and plants, healing and law.

The designs are painted on the chest and shoulders using powders ground from

ochre, charcoal and ash. It is applied with a flat stick with padding or with fingers in raw linear and curved lines. This is a meditative and sensual experience.

The act of decorating the body transforms the individual and changes their identity. During the painting which can take up to three hours, the women chant their Dreaming. The final part of the ceremony is when the women dance and chant.

Yinarupa Nungala
Women’s Ceremony

C/No. 16464 – 96 x 148 cm Acrylic on Canvas

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