Painting Perta Tyurretye

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Description Gloria Panka is the granddaughter of the famous watercolour artist Albert Namatjira (deceased), who was awarded a coronation medal from Queen Elizabeth in 1953 for his extraordinary talent. Gloria and her grandfather Albert come from the mission Ntaria also known as Hermannsburg,130 kilometres west of Alice Springs.

Just as her grandfather did, Gloria and most of her family now paint the West MacDonnell Ranges, known in Western Arrarnta as Perta-Tyurretye. She says it's healing for her and her land.

Gloria is a recognised artist nationally and paints with the local Alice Springs art group Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands Arts Centre).

Here is a list of the Western Arrarnta words used in this video:

Perta-Tyurretye: West MacDonnell Ranges
Pere: trees
Alkere: sky
Arne: ground
Therrke: grass
Matere: clouds
Irlenge thorre: horizon (far away)

ABC Open Producer: Charmaine Ingram
Music Composer: J Kent

This video was originally contributed to the ABC Open Mother Tongue project, which invited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to share a story about their mother tongue.

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