Betty Mpetyanne – Awelye

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Betty Mpetyanne – Awelye


Betty Club Mpetyanne was born in Utopia, NT circa 1945. She is the daughter of renowned artist Minnie Pwerle. Betty paints the Awelye bush berry. Betty’s mother and other women used to collect these fruits, cut them up into pieces and skewer them on a piece of wood and dry them to be eaten in times when bush tucker was scarce. Betty’s paintings depict the designs that the women would paint on their bodies and the dancing tracks which are made in the sand during women’s (Awelye) ceremony. Through their Awelye ceremonies, women pay homage to their ancestors, show respect for their country and dance out their collective maternal role within their community. A design based on these dancing tracks is painted on women’s bodies before a ceremony is performed, and this same design can be seen today in Betty’s works on canvas.




Betty Mpetyanne


140 x 30cm