My first piece of art


This may very well have been one of my first pieces of art. I would have made it at kindy in 1978. Mum found it while sorting through some of Grandmas old pictures. Arn’t Grandma’s awesome! She held onto it for all these years! I’m thinking of incorporating some of it into a new website design.

Notice the name “Tjilari” at the bottom of the picture? That was my aboriginal name, given to me because someone had recently died with the name “Matthew” when we arrived in Central Australia.

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  1. mum

    Hi Mattie, actually no one had died with your name. (But that’s why Dad was called Tungku -because someone called Bruce had died). It was a very special honour to be given a Pitjantjatjara name at your baptism and Andy Tjilari, who baptised you, gave you his name as your Pitj name. It aso put you into the kinship system out there and it followed on for Dad and me also. Natalie was also given a Pitj name when she was baptised.


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