Artist: Colleen Wallace Nungarrayi
Title: Dreamtime Sisters
Size: 51 x 89cm
Med: Acrylic on Canvas
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Colleen’s Dreamtime Sisters are spiritual ladies; ancestral beings who dance awelye – women’s ceremony. They dance the story for their country Annamurra, which lies north east of Alice Springs in the beautiful Harts Range. As the day ends and the evening stars appear in the darkening sky, the sister’s dance, they dance all night until the dawn breaks.
This story is associated with arlatyey – the pencil yam and its kame – seed. There are two different species but the same seed if found in both. The story line for arlatyey starts in Alhalkere country in the Utopia region and runs south to Annamurra country. The plant in Ahalkere country produces a long thin tuber while the plant in Annamurra country produces a short thick tuber. Growing prolifically any time of the year after rain these juicy, starchy storage organs are an important source of food.
The pencil yam – arlatyey often features in Aboriginal mythology.