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Carved trees bring indigenous history to life
For thousands of years Aboriginal groups in central New South Wales marked important ceremonial sites by carving beautiful, ornate designs on the trunks of trees. The carvings, comprising symbolic motifs, intricate swirls, circles and zigzags, were intended to be long-lasting but, instead, only a handful of the trees on which they were carved are still alive today.
Dreamtime Sisters - Acrylic on Belgian Linen Colleen Wallace Nungari. Depicts the Dreamtime Sisters (guardian spirits). Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people from Central Australia call the spirits Irrernte-arenye.It is their role to guard special areas of land in particular sacred sites. Eastern Arrernte people have deep spiritual respect for the Dreamtime spirits.The four figures represent the Dreamtime Sisters.
Colleen Wallace Nungari is a self-taught artist who comes from a strong family of Eastern Arrernte painters. Colleen was raised by her mother between Santa Teresa and Alice Springs. Married to Colin Bird Jungala (son of Ada Bird Petyarre) Colleen now lives happily in Colin's country in the Utopia Region and Alice Springs.