A rare and insightful talk with this award winning and enigmatic artist.
Dale: Did anyone teach you about the bush medicine, that alpeyt?
Gloria: Mum. Long time. Mum was taking them kangaroo fat and echidna fat. We been mixing them up.
Dale: What did you do with the alpeyt? Crush it?
Gloria: Mm, yew and do this. [gestures over her face and head]
Dale: So was it bush medicine?
Gloria: We didn’t grow up with lollies, soft drink, nothing. We grow up with bush tucker. Ntang seed and ntyerrm, corkwood and rock [muffled]. And yam and sugarbag. Kangaroo, Emu, Turkey, Goanna, Echidna. We been living with that one.
Dale: Back to this alpeyt, bush medicine.
Gloria: Yew yew, alpeyt.
Dale: Why do you put it on your hair?
Gloria: Make it smell, for colds.
Dale: I got it, kind of like Vicks, where you put it on your chest for the smell?
Gloria: Yeah like Vicks. Yeah!
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Deep into Central Australia’s remote Utopia region, there is a small community nestled in the bush where Dinny and Josie Kunoth live.
Several bright coloured buildings are home to the residents of this community which include a portion of Dinny and Josie's nine children and their families.
Gloria was a special 2020 exhibition showcasing the beautiful and quintessential Leaves paintings by Gloria Petyarre.
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