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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Dolly Mills Petyarre was one of the most talked about names in Utopia art back in the 90's with group and solo exhibitions across Australia's capital cities.
Now 72, Dolly wants you to know she's not finished yet and has been working on something special after a long hiatus.