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Betty Mbitjana-Women's Ceremony

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Betty Mbitjana is the daughter of acclaimed artist  Minnie Pwerle  (deceased) and sister of the artist, Barbara Weir. She paints the bush berry and bush plum dreaming.


Betty's mother, Minnie and other women used to collect these fruits, cut them up into pieces and skewer them on a piece of wood and dry them to be eaten in times when bush tucker was scarce. Through her paintings, Betty is carrying on the tradition started by Minnie by painting the designs women would paint on their bodies for ceremonies on the Alyarre/Anmatyere cultures


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Womens Dreamings tell the story of the journeys of female ancestors. Many of the stories are allied to knowledge relating to desert survival; bush tucker and wildlife food, importance of medicines and female knowledge. Similar to men, women have important religious status and possess their own land tracts and ground designs. During the sacred Womens Ceremonies, participants paint their breasts, shoulders and upper arms and face with patterned designs relating to a particular dreaming. Adorning their bodies is a process; women smear their bodies with animal fat and then using a variety of powders ground from charcoal, red and yellow ochre, imagery is traced onto the body. Different symbols are painted onto the body according to the ceremony subject, time of year and the persons ranking within the social hierarchy. Songs are sung re-iterating ancient journey cycles that pass knowledge but also draw the ancient ancestors closer to the community. Occasionally, woman will dance and re-enact those journeys, dancing and moving their feet through the sand leaving a symbolic pathway.


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This set of three paintings can be sold individually

Certification of Authentisity


All the artworks from redrock gallery are fully certificated.


This Paintings comes with:

- Photos of the artiest painting

- Certification of Authentisity

- Biography of Betty Mbitjana

- Introduction of the Dreaming

- Introduction of the symbolism

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