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Atham-areny Story by Angelina Ngale

Size: 90cm x 30cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas

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Angelina paints the story of the Atham-areny. The site for this story belongs to the hilly country near Willowra on Angelina’s traditional country north east of Alice Springs.

Atham-areny comes from the Anmatyerre words atham (meaning no fire) and areny (meaning belonging to).

“Akely-amperl arrkay-renem atham-areny-rnem. Ahernel anewaneyel akely-akely”
The atham-areny are very little spirits of the country. They are colourless and live in the ground [or places] where the fire does not belong.

They can be known to come out of their homes and steal and hide babies, or cause mischief. It is important that people stay by the fire. If the atham-areny touches you, you will feel sick. This painting depicts a practice that falls into the supernatural realm of bush medicine where women are called upon by a nangara (traditional healer or witch doctor) to sing and dance together to help heal someone touched by Atham-areny. Other ancestor spirits, ones that watch over the land and protect the people, are invoked during the process to assist.

Angelina fills the background space with linear body paint designs. 

Artist

Name: Angelina Ngale (Pwerle)
Skin name: Ngale
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ahalpere
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Born: 1947
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  • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Background colour: Black
  • Size of painting: 90cm x 30cm
  • Size of canvas border: Approx 6cm strip of black canvas border designed to be wrapped around a stretcher frame
  • This painting comes unstretched and rolled in a tube.
  • This painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and artist profile.

Catalogue number: UL018060


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