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Bush Banana (Alangkwe) is one of the most popular fruits among the Aboriginal people in Northern Territory. Bananas are eaten when they are small or fully grown. Bush banana leaves are very decorative and have certain medicinal value to cure wounds, pains etc. Young leaves are eaten without any treatments, whilst the other leaves are eaten after being steamed.

Donna Abbot is an experienced and skillful artist. Her Bush banana leaves artwork incorporates suttle colours and lot of movement. This design in various colourways will be equally popular as Bush Banana. Quilters around the world will be delighted with Donna’s new venture i.e. Banana Leaves

M&S Textiles Australia is the largest manufacturer of Australian Aboriginal designs printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric. Aboriginal artworks are popular throughout the world and the only living ancient artworks. Its tradition goes back 50,000 years ago revealed by carbon dating of rock painting, cave painting etc. It is amazing that many of the artists do not have any formal education or training.

Dreamtime:

Bush Banana (Alangkwe) is one of the most popular fruits among the Aboriginal people in Northern Territory. Bananas are eaten when they are small or fully grown. Bush banana leaves are very decorative and have certain medicinal value to cure wounds, pains etc. Young leaves are eaten without any treatments, whilst the other leaves are eaten after being steamed.

Donna Abbot is an experienced and skillful artist. Her Bush banana leaves artwork incorporates suttle colours and lot of movement. This design in various colourways will be equally popular as Bush Banana. Quilters around the world will be delighted with Donna’s new venture i.e. Banana Leaves

M&S Textiles Australia is the largest manufacturer of Australian Aboriginal designs printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric. Aboriginal artworks are popular throughout the world and the only living ancient artworks. Its tradition goes back 50,000 years ago revealed by carbon dating of rock painting, cave painting etc. It is amazing that many of the artists do not have any formal education or training.

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Brolga is a common wetland bird found in Australia which belongs to Crane family. It is also known as Australian Crane. In the Aboriginal Dreamtime, many people refer Brolga to a beautiful young lady who had an extraordinary dancing skill. People from various lands came just to see her dancing like the wind. Elders from various tribes and communities gathered on this stage and also discuss other communal matters.

Months later, an evil spirit spied Brolga and spun her away while she was practicing her dance. Family and friends of Brolga looked everywhere to find her until she was found on a distant plain while the evil spirit vanished into the sky taking Brolga away. Soon after this, a beautiful bird appeared, stretching its wings and making moves that resembled of Brolga.

This made the people realise that Brolga’s spirit escaped form the evil spirit and turned into a bird (Brolga).

Nambooka is a very skilful and talented artist. She depicted the moves and skill of Brolga in her artwork with her dreaming. Nambooka’s work form M&S Textiles Australia is incredible and value adding to the Aboriginal community.

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Bush Banana is a climbing woody vine found growing on other shrubs and trees. Its flowers are creamy in colour. The thick narrow leaves grow from a short stock, and fruits are pear shaped.Bush Banana is widely distributed throughout Australia. Often vines are found growing in dry creek beds and water courses in arid zones. Bush banana is a potent plant to Aboriginal people. The fruits have good nutritional medicinal value. The extract and paste of leaves are often used to treat pains, stomach upset, flu etc.Bush Banana has got many Aboriginal names. One of the Aboriginal names is Anangkwe. Bush banana is a totemic plant that is often featured by many Aboriginal artists in their artworks.Donna Abbot is an experienced and skillful artist from Alice Spring, Northern Territory. Her usage of colour and design makes her work unique. Donna’s dreaming is Banana and she learnt painting from her parents.

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June Bird was born circa 1955 at Mulga Bore in Utopia. She is a talented Aboriginal artist. M&S Textiles Australia printed one of her earlier design called “Body Painting”. This design has been very popular to our customers.

An important part women’s role in traditional Aboriginal culture into collect (gather) bush foods like beans, apples, tomatoes, cherries etc. in wooden bowl called coolamon. Yams are also collected by digging into the soil with digging sticks.

June being an experienced designer drew skillfully the fallen bush plums on the ground walking paths all around for the collectors of Bush plums and other fruits. They eat the plums and make beautiful dough for tasty breads.

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Australian Aboriginals are hunters and gatherers. Usually women collect bush food from the forest and men pursue wild animals for food from various places. However, none of them, men or women overdoes anything for hording. They have unwritten traditional law not to spoil the environment. They still maintain this age old social law diligently.

Audrey inherited sweet potato dreaming from her parents. In Aboriginal language Bush Potato is called ?Merne anatye?. Bush Potato is a large plant and there are some cracks around this large plant. They dig for Bush Potato in the cracks around the plant. Then they pull out the big root and cook it in hot earth and eat it. The large potatoes become sweet and soft after cooking and the small bush potatoes are soft.

Audrey M Napanangka being an experienced Aboriginal artist depicted the bush potatoes very vividly and skillfully. Colorful flowering bush potato plants have brightened the artwork. Between the plants women are sitting with coolamon and digging sticks. Bush Potato plants grew surrounding the waterhole represented by concentric circle.

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Bush Tomato or wild tomato plant is usually waxy looking. It grows in the creek area in Northern Territory. The ripe fruits have a strong fragrance which may be smelled from long distances. A single plant produces many fruits. These fruits are tasty. Bush Tomato is rich in sources of potassium and vitamin C. There are more than 100 varieties of bush tomatoes, but only a handful numbers are edible. Some may be poisonous or may cause sickness. Harvesters normally collect sundried fruits of the small bushes in the late summer and early winter. Audrey Napanangka?s artwork is vivid and strong. Design shoes women(u) are sitting around waterhole with already picked up fruits on the coolaman (Special wooden toy) and digging sticks.

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Rosemary was born at Utopia (Boundary Bore) in the Northern Territory in 1945. She belongs to the Anmatyerre language group. She learnt to paint with acrylic paints during the summer project sponsored by Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association in 1988-89. Since then she has been a very prolific and brilliant artist. Her paintings are held in many galleries and private collections, both in Australia and overseas. She belongs to the same family of eminent artists as Gloria Petyarre, Kathleen Petyarre and the late Margaret Petyarre. In this work Rosemary depicts the leaves of the pencil yam plant and its seeds, which were once an important food source for the Anmatyerre people of Utopia in Central Australia. There are many Dreaming rituals attached to this plant and homage is paid by the women in their awelye ceremonies. Rosemary has used a combination of white dots to represent seeds and coloured leaves with flowing movement to beautifully depict the leaves of the bush yam moving in the gentle desert breeze.

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Rosemary was born at Utopia (Boundary Bore) in the Northern Territory in 1945. She belongs to the Anmatyerre language group. She learnt to paint with acrylic paints during the summer project sponsored by Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association in 1988-89. Since then she has been a very prolific and brilliant artist. Her paintings are held in many galleries and private collections, both in Australia and overseas. She belongs to the same family of eminent artists as Gloria Petyarre, Kathleen Petyarre and the late Margaret Petyarre. In this work Rosemary depicts the leaves of the pencil yam plant and its seeds, which were once an important food source for the Anmatyerre people of Utopia in Central Australia. There are many Dreaming rituals attached to this plant and homage is paid by the women in their awelye ceremonies. Rosemary has used a combination of white dots to represent seeds and coloured leaves with flowing movement to beautifully depict the leaves of the bush yam moving in the gentle desert breeze.

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Desert Flower is a colorful design by Marie Ellis of Northern Territory, Australia. She is a well-known Aboriginal artist. She has depicted colorful desert flowers which blossoms after the rainy season in the territory. These flowers are a very common sight during this period of time. M&S Textiles Australia is the largest manufacturer of Australian Aboriginal designs printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric. Aboriginal artworks are popular throughout the world and the only living ancient artworks. Its tradition goes back 50,000 years ago revealed by carbon dating of rock painting, cave painting etc. It is amazing that many of the artists do not have any formal education or training.

Dreamtime:

Desert Flower is a colorful design by Marie Ellis of Northern Territory, Australia. She is a well-known Aboriginal artist. She has depicted colorful desert flowers which blossoms after the rainy season in the territory. These flowers are a very common sight during this period of time. M&S Textiles Australia is the largest manufacturer of Australian Aboriginal designs printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric. Aboriginal artworks are popular throughout the world and the only living ancient artworks. Its tradition goes back 50,000 years ago revealed by carbon dating of rock painting, cave painting etc. It is amazing that many of the artists do not have any formal education or training.

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Sturt’s Desert Rose (Gossypium Sturtianum) is the floral emblem of Northern Territory of Australia. It is perennial shrub, has a life cycle of 10 years. It is highly tolerant to draught and occurs naturally in sandy or gravelly soils along dry creek beds water courses, gorges or rocky slopes. It has been successfully grown in a soil mixture containing gravel with a trace amount of clay. Flowering time peaks around late winter. The rose is very tolerant in times of draught and grows well in areas with low rain fall. Beautifully drawn pictures of desert rose make it very real to the heart. Quilters of all ages professional or starter will be proud to this fabric for their quilts.

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Sturt’s Desert Rose (Gossypium Sturtianum) is the floral emblem of Northern Territory of Australia. It is perennial shrub, has a life cycle of 10 years. It is highly tolerant to draught and occurs naturally in sandy or gravelly soils along dry creek beds water courses, gorges or rocky slopes. It has been successfully grown in a soil mixture containing gravel with a trace amount of clay. Flowering time peaks around late winter. The rose is very tolerant in times of draught and grows well in areas with low rain fall. Beautifully drawn pictures of desert rose make it very real to the heart. Quilters of all ages professional or starter will be proud to this fabric for their quilts.

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Aboriginal people are regarded as the land owners of Australia. Their respect towards land is considered to be more than a place. They respect every mountain, river, waterhole, tree, animal etc. and they consider them as a part of their living. Aboriginal ancestors are believed to be the creators of all the land and objects that are essential in day-to-day’s life.
Traditional Aboriginal laws of food hunting involves bush food, sea food, wild life hunting etc. However, they never do anything to hoard or spoil the nature of their environment. They honour their ancestral lands and the teachings from those ancestors. In many occasions, Aboriginal people gather near the river for various ceremonial rituals, where they perform dances, rock-art, story-telling etc.
Barbara Egan comes from Robinvale region of Victoria. She grew on the Murray River in Robinvale. With her connection towards her land of Robinvale and the Murray River, she would never move out from there. Her dreaming’s mainly involve River Dreaming, Emu Bush etc.

Dreamtime:

Aboriginal people are regarded as the land owners of Australia. Their respect towards land is considered to be more than a place. They respect every mountain, river, waterhole, tree, animal etc. and they consider them as a part of their living. Aboriginal ancestors are believed to be the creators of all the land and objects that are essential in day-to-day’s life.
Traditional Aboriginal laws of food hunting involves bush food, sea food, wild life hunting etc. However, they never do anything to hoard or spoil the nature of their environment. They honour their ancestral lands and the teachings from those ancestors. In many occasions, Aboriginal people gather near the river for various ceremonial rituals, where they perform dances, rock-art, story-telling etc.
Barbara Egan comes from Robinvale region of Victoria. She grew on the Murray River in Robinvale. With her connection towards her land of Robinvale and the Murray River, she would never move out from there. Her dreaming’s mainly involve River Dreaming, Emu Bush etc.

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There are many dreamtime stories about Goanna and rainbow Snake. One of the stories is that a man named Nyimbungi from the area known as Bungawalbin, called on Goanna. Nyimbungi knew that Goanna was more powerful than Rainbow Snake. Naturally, goanna would be able refrain snake from eating Yabba (or bird). Goanna was kind and listened to the man and decided to chase Rainbow Snake from the island (eastward) towards the coast. At woodburn, they started going to the East and half way down the Evans River, Goanna caught the Rainbow Snake; but the snake quickly turned around and bit goanna on the head. Goanna has temporarily withdrawn from the battle in order to eat some herbs for his recovery from the bite. When he felt better, Goanna resumed his chase called Evans Head and looked around for Goanna. When he could not find Goanna, he decided to go back to the west. The Rainbow Snake then went into the Evans River and coiled itself around and created Snake Island.

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Kangaroo paw is sedge like perennial plant noted for their unique bird attracting flowers. The tubular flowers are coated with dense hairs and open at the apex with six claw-like structures for which the flower is popularly known kangaroo paw. The flower stem can grow to over 1.5 meters high with abundant of flowers. The colors of flowers are usually yellow, orange, green and red. Guinea flower is an Australian native plant and some other warmer countries. The plant is variously called guinea flower or snake vine. There are about 150 species of the plant globally, most of which become coated with yellow blooms in spring and summer. The boarded Guinea Flower is an Australian native plan. It is a small shrub with reddish branch lets and hairy buds that bears bright yellow flowers in the spring. The artist very skillfully inter mingled the colors to make a real bold designed fabric for patch workers and quilters.

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Kangaroo paw is sedge like perennial plant noted for their unique bird attracting flowers. The tubular flowers are coated with dense hairs and open at the apex with six claw-like structures for which the flower is popularly known kangaroo paw. The flower stem can grow to over 1.5 meters high with abundant of flowers. The colors of flowers are usually yellow, orange, green and red. Guinea flower is an Australian native plant and some other warmer countries. The plant is variously called guinea flower or snake vine. There are about 150 species of the plant globally, most of which become coated with yellow blooms in spring and summer. The boarded Guinea Flower is an Australian native plan. It is a small shrub with reddish branch lets and hairy buds that bears bright yellow flowers in the spring. The artist very skillfully inter mingled the colors to make a real bold designed fabric for patch workers and quilters.

Dreamtime:

Kangaroo paw is sedge like perennial plant noted for their unique bird attracting flowers. The tubular flowers are coated with dense hairs and open at the apex with six claw-like structures for which the flower is popularly known kangaroo paw. The flower stem can grow to over 1.5 meters high with abundant of flowers. The colors of flowers are usually yellow, orange, green and red. Guinea flower is an Australian native plant and some other warmer countries. The plant is variously called guinea flower or snake vine. There are about 150 species of the plant globally, most of which become coated with yellow blooms in spring and summer. The boarded Guinea Flower is an Australian native plan. It is a small shrub with reddish branch lets and hairy buds that bears bright yellow flowers in the spring. The artist very skillfully inter mingled the colors to make a real bold designed fabric for patch workers and quilters.

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Koko’s string design is another popular design work presented by Audrey Napanangka. Audrey is almost an household name in the patchwork and quilting world. Her x-ray visioned idea, pictured uniquely the outer shell of a coconut and artistically presented the design to the quilters and art lovers. Innovative quilters and patch workers immediately welcomed the new challenge. It is hard to imagine how popular Audrey and her Koko’s String design have become. M&S Textiles appreciates both of them. Shortly, Koko’s String design will expand its perimeter into many other industries. This visionary design may be printed in many other colours in the near future.

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Koko’s string design is another popular design work presented by Audrey Napanangka. Audrey is almost an household name in the patchwork and quilting world. Her x-ray visioned idea, pictured uniquely the outer shell of a coconut and artistically presented the design to the quilters and art lovers. Innovative quilters and patch workers immediately welcomed the new challenge. It is hard to imagine how popular Audrey and her Koko’s String design have become. M&S Textiles appreciates both of them. Shortly, Koko’s String design will expand its perimeter into many other industries. This visionary design may be printed in many other colours in the near future.

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Utopia region of Australia is the home to many Aboriginals covering over 3500 sq.km with the Sandover River in the vicinity. A few of them now live in the metro area of Alice Springs and others in the camping sites out in the bush. They prefer living close to the bush, taking care of their land (country). The two main languages spoken in this area are Alyawarr and Anmatyerre.
The name Utopia (Uturupa), means ‘Big Sand Hill’, a region in the northwest of Central Australia. It is an amalgamation of several large and small communities. There are only a few schools, grocery supply stores, hospitals etc. in the remote areas of Utopia. Alice Springs, the nearest town is the best place for one-stop shopping. Highways, including unsigned roads, mud roads to local communities are a rich source of red-dirt as seen in the central deserts of Australia. Often this bigger picture is referred to Sandhills by the Aboriginal artists.
Anna Pitjara comes from Utopia region of Central Australia. She belongs to the Petyarre / Pitjara family and speaks Anmatyerre language. Her dreaming’s mainly involve Body Painting, Bush Yam, Yam Seeds, Sandhill etc.

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Australia is the place of landscapes and to Australian Aboriginal people; land is very close to their heart. According to ‘Aboriginal Mythology’, ‘Dreamtime’ is the time when forefathers sprung up from underneath the soil and started creating almost everything what their future generations would require.

In this artwork, Stephen depicted his land of Utopia with dots, lines and motif’s representing the Dreamtime creation of seeds, trees, mountains, landscapes etc. which plays a key role in the Australian fauna and flora, nature and spirituality and indigenous development.

Dreamtime:

Australia is the place of landscapes and to Australian Aboriginal people; land is very close to their heart. According to ‘Aboriginal Mythology’, ‘Dreamtime’ is the time when forefathers sprung up from underneath the soil and started creating almost everything what their future generations would require.

In this artwork, Stephen depicted his land of Utopia with dots, lines and motif’s representing the Dreamtime creation of seeds, trees, mountains, landscapes etc. which plays a key role in the Australian fauna and flora, nature and spirituality and indigenous development.

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Aboriginal Art is one of the more ancient traditional arts in the world, going back approximately 50,000 years. In early days, Aboriginal artists, depicted their dreaming of mountains, rivers, waterholes, trees, animals etc. on the caves, rocks with stone-age rock chisels. They also used cave painting and sand or ground painting to express their dreaming. Later, the newer generations use acrylic paints on canvas to portray their Dreamtime.
A variety of colours are used in their art symbolizing various artefacts, designs and motifs such as totems featuring Kangaroos, Dingoes, Turtles etc. A few groups use dots to portray their dreaming while a few others use lines in doing so. These artworks are often referred to Dot Painting for the same reason. Artefacts such as Boomerangs, Didgeridoos are also depicted in their rock-art.
Andrew Braedon comes from Utopia region of Central Australia. He belongs to the Luritja tribe and speaks Western Desert Language. His dreaming’s mainly involve Rock Art, Goanna Dreaming, Men Protecting Waterhole etc.

Goanna Dreaming and Possum Land & Water Dreaming are some of Heather’s famous designs from M&S Textiles Australia.

Goanna Dreaming and Possum Land & Water Dreaming are some of Heather’s famous designs from M&S Textiles Australia.

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The Senna is a large genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceac. Senna is native throughout the trophies, with only small number of species in the temperate regions. The total number of species is estimated to be about six hundred. Some Senna species are often used as ornamental plants for landscaping. It has various uses for medicinal purposes e.g. for gastric fluid secretion, bowel mobility, laxative action etc. Patricia depicted Senna leaves, flowers, and pods etc. boldly. It is vibrant and colorful. It is much closer to our campaign for fusion. Coeval use of Australian Aboriginal fabric and general floral designs. New innovations for today, tomorrow and forever.

Dreamtime:

The Senna is a large genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceac. Senna is native throughout the trophies, with only small number of species in the temperate regions. The total number of species is estimated to be about six hundred. Some Senna species are often used as ornamental plants for landscaping. It has various uses for medicinal purposes e.g. for gastric fluid secretion, bowel mobility, laxative action etc. Patricia depicted Senna leaves, flowers, and pods etc. boldly. It is vibrant and colorful. It is much closer to our campaign for fusion. Coeval use of Australian Aboriginal fabric and general floral designs. New innovations for today, tomorrow and forever.

Dreamtime:

The Senna is a large genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceac. Senna is native throughout the trophies, with only small number of species in the temperate regions. The total number of species is estimated to be about six hundred. Some Senna species are often used as ornamental plants for landscaping. It has various uses for medicinal purposes e.g. for gastric fluid secretion, bowel mobility, laxative action etc. Patricia depicted Senna leaves, flowers, and pods etc. boldly. It is vibrant and colorful. It is much closer to our campaign for fusion. Coeval use of Australian Aboriginal fabric and general floral designs. New innovations for today, tomorrow and forever.

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Australian Aboriginal people tell several stories about seven sisters from the Dreaming Time which is the time of creation of the universe by their ancestors. This story of seven sisters originated from the culture of stars in the Taurus constellation.

There were seven sisters who were all beautiful and elegant. Every man who saw them wished to marry one of the sisters. One day the sisters went into the bush with their digging sticks to gather foods including wood ants, witchetty grubs and honey ants. After a successful expedition, they sat down to enjoy a feast, never imagining that a lonely warrior named Warrumma was hiding close by, watching them. While the sisters were eating, Warrumma took away two of the digging sticks and hid them. All the sisters looked for the two lost sticks in vain but eventually the five sisters who still had their digging sticks sadly left without the two sisters whose sticks had been taken.

Clever Warrumma came out of hiding and firmly grabbed the two sisters by their waists. He promised the girls that he would take good care of them and would marry them. The two girls decided that they would pretend to agree to Warrumma?s plan, while looking out for the opportunity to escape. One day they were asked to cut pine bark to make a fire. As soon as the girls climbed the pine trees, those trees started to grow right up to sky. Warrumma shouted in vain for the girls to come down. But they kept climbing and were soon warmly welcomed to the sky by the five sisters anxiously waiting for them, If you observe constellation carefully you may see the two freed girls as they arrive at their sisters? camp in the sky.

Artist Marlene Doolan is from Santa Teresa in the Northern Territory. In her painting she depicts luminous heavenly bodies suspended in the desert night sky. The Milky Way is represented as clouds of dots of different sizes and major stars are represented as a large dot surrounded by circles.

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In the Dreamtime all the earth was sleeping. Nothing moved; nothing grew. One day the rainbow serpent woke up from her slumber and came out of the ground. She travelled long distance and became tired; curled up and went to sleep. Her body was heavy which left marks of her sleeping and her winding tracks. Then she came back to the original starting place. She found a hole at the place and thought that there were some frogs. She asked the frog to come out of the hole. The frogs were slow to come out of the hole. They drank too much water and their bellies were heavy. They eventually came out. Amusingly the Rainbow Serpent tickled their stomachs and the frogs laughed. When the frogs laughed, the water came out of their tummy. This is how the lakes and rivers were filled with water, and grass and trees sprung across the land. One day when the Rainbow Serpent turned around, she saw an emu sitting close to a big tree. The Rainbow Snake liked the Emu and became her friend. Emu told the snake that she was laying eggs. A few days later some small emu chicks started walking around. Rainbow Snake became happy and decided to stay. Rainbow Snake also made laws for the inhabitants of the place allowing everybody to live in peace.

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Water was a most-value commodity to the Aboriginals of Northern Terriotory. This may be the reason for their living near the creeks. When the water in the creek dries up, they could still get water by digging down the soft bed of the creek. They scooped out the first lot of water (not suitable for drinking), and then clear drinkable water flows back into the hole. Aboriginal people were always looking for waterholes where ever they went. Anna Pitjara is a very well-known artist. Her depiction of waterholes in dried creek or in the forest beds is vibrant and colorful. She is a top brand artist and her artworks are displayed in national & state art gallery, private collections and commercial Aboriginal art galleries.state art gallery, private collections and commercial Aboriginal art galleries.

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Water is a most precious commodity in Northern Territory. Annual average rainfall in Alice Spring is about 24mm. 90% of territories water supply comes from underground. The Todd River flows through Alice Springs only when there is downpour of rain water, otherwise most of the time the river is just dry sand. However, there is a Regatta every year. This is the only Regatta race in the world held on dry sand and soil, known as Todd River Race.

In the old days there was no ‘town water’ supply available. Despite this, Aboriginal people knew where to find drinking water. Water was available underneath the soil near trees, rocks and near the wild bird movements etc. Aboriginal people used digging sticks, Coolamon etc. to dig and fetch the water to drink. Janet Long is a well-known and skilled artist and she wonderfully depicted soakage, aquifers porous, rocks, etc. Her artwork is excellent and vivid.

Dreamtime:

Water is a most precious commodity in Northern Territory. Annual average rainfall in Alice Spring is about 24mm. 90% of territories water supply comes from underground. The Todd River flows through Alice Springs only when there is downpour of rain water, otherwise most of the time the river is just dry sand. However, there is a Regatta every year. This is the only Regatta race in the world held on dry sand and soil, known as Todd River Race.

In the old days there was no ‘town water’ supply available. Despite this, Aboriginal people knew where to find drinking water. Water was available underneath the soil near trees, rocks and near the wild bird movements etc. Aboriginal people used digging sticks, Coolamon etc. to dig and fetch the water to drink. Janet Long is a well-known and skilled artist and she wonderfully depicted soakage, aquifers porous, rocks, etc. Her artwork is excellent and vivid.

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Betty Mbitjana is an excellent artist from Utopia. Many of her works are displayed in various art galleries in Australia. Some of Betty’s works are with Bush Plum Seeds which are presented meticulously on canvas painting with small sticks. Her dreaming is Bush Plum Seeds.

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Betty Mbitjana is an excellent artist from Utopia. Many of her works are displayed in various art galleries in Australia. Some of Betty’s works are with Bush Plum Seeds which are presented meticulously on canvas painting with small sticks. Her dreaming is Bush Plum Seeds.

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Audrey Napanangka is a very well-known Artist. Many of her art works have been printed on textile materials by M&S Textiles Australia. She skilfully painted her dreaming; i.e. Water Dreaming. In Desert areas of Australia, it is hard to find water. 90% of water comes from underground. Audrey’s experience in the bush tells her where and how to find drinking water in the waterholes. The long curved lines indicate the movement of water in the area. Dotted lines and smaller circles indicate various soakage’s, broken roads, sands, etc.

Many Aboriginal people live in open areas near the bushes. Water has been their most wanted commodity for living in or around the bush. However, most people living near the bush know how and where to find water. They have good knowledge of waterholes, ponds, river water, billabongs etc.

Aboriginal Ceremonies are generally held near the waterholes.

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Audrey Napanangka is a very well-known Artist. Many of her art works have been printed on textile materials by M&S Textiles Australia. She skilfully painted her dreaming; i.e. Water Dreaming. In Desert areas of Australia, it is hard to find water. 90% of water comes from underground. Audrey’s experience in the bush tells her where and how to find drinking water in the waterholes. The long curved lines indicate the movement of water in the area. Dotted lines and smaller circles indicate various soakage’s, broken roads, sands, etc.

Many Aboriginal people live in open areas near the bushes. Water has been their most wanted commodity for living in or around the bush. However, most people living near the bush know how and where to find water. They have good knowledge of waterholes, ponds, river water, billabongs etc.

Aboriginal Ceremonies are generally held near the waterholes.

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Anna Pitjara comes from a well-known Aboriginal artist family. She was born in 1965, at Utopia Station. Her mother Gloria Ngale was a pioneer artist in Aboriginal batik industry, when for the first time Aboriginal designs were converted into silk batiks in Australia. Anna was introduced to batik industry by her mother. She also inherited some dreamtime stories from her parents. Anna’s artwork on waterhole and seeds is an excellent piece of artwork. It is bold strong and neat. Both seeds and waterhole are neatly drawn in a semi desert surrounding. Many of Anna’s artworks have been procured by Australian National and State art galleries and many private collectors.

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Anna Pitjara was born in 1965, in Utopia Station north-east of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. She comes from a well-known artist family. Her late mother, Gloria Ngale, was a famous artist. Anna worked in well-known batik projects in 1980’s at a relatively young age. She established herself with enormous potential in the art world of Utopia. She inherited some Dreamtime stories from her grandfather and father. As a traditional Aboriginal designer her artworks are involved in body painting designs. In semi-desert or desert area of Northern Territory, water is always a precious commodity. Aboriginals were vigilant to find new sources of water in the form of waterhole or soakage trench. Anna’s design of the waterhole is almost an aerial view of salt lakes and surrounding country. Her designs are innovative, neat and bold. Many of the art galleries including the National and State art galleries have Anna’s artworks in their collections.

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Central Australia is known for its harsh landscape, but during years of good rain the desert can erupt in a display of color stretching for miles. There is nothing like landscape full of flowers and the view that you get in Central Australia is huge and spectacular with the blossoms of these wild desert flowers. Each year the Alice Springs desert parks act as the mirror of these wild desert flowers and also help in planting a wide range of native and new seeds gathered from the blossom of the desert flowers left outs. These flowers will be found during the winter months of the year and giving a spectacular vision for the travelers during the tourist season. But, catching a true wildflower event in the bush can be a difficult thing. The plants rely on good rain at the right time. Generally these wildflowers are found in the month of May during the autumn season in Alice Springs.

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Northern Territory of Australia is semi desert region. Average temperature in summer ranges from 20 degrees to 35 degrees and can soar to around 40 degrees. January is the wet month with around 40mm of rainfall, however climate is considered dry and arid for most of the year.

In Northern territory, Aboriginal people organises Rain Dance in various places during his period. Shirleen Campbell being a skilful designer, incorporates rain dance to her artworks. Women dance and sing for rain in the gathering. They enjoy it vividly. Shirleen depicted concentric circles as waterholes. The big U-shaped object represent men, stick represents music stick and the musical drums. During the dance women are going around and dance for rain and other people socialize with each other.

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Superb fairy wrens are widely known as Blue Wren. These are frequently seen in Australian parks and gardens. They are fond of open grassy areas where they can hop around, collect their foods and build their nests. At present, the number of these beautiful birds is diminishing as a result of possibly cats is preying on them or pesticides poisoning their foods. Adult male birds have rich blue and black plumage above and on the throat. The belly is a grey-white and the bill is black. The female and baby birds are often difficult to separate. They are mostly brown above with dull red-orange area around the eye and brown bill. Average size of the birds is 14cm and weighs about 10grams. There are several other spices of Blue Wrens available in Australia. They live in dome-shaped nest made up of grass and other materials. Blue Wrens have long tails and is always upward. Patricia skillfully pictured in her artwork

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