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Crayon drawing by Amanyi, Ernabella 1940
Title : Crayon drawing by Amanyi, Ernabella 1940 Crayon drawing by Amanyi, Ernabella 1940
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Creator : Amanyi
Source : Mountford, Charles P., PRG 1218
Place Of Creation : Ernabella
Date of creation : 1940
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 400 x 440 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Crayon drawing by 13 year old Amanyi, collected at Ernabella by CP Mountford during the Adelaide University Anthropological Expedition to Central Australia in 1940.

During this Expedition, Mountford spent a month or so at the Ernabella Mission prior to his outward trips, where he made time to collect crayon drawings from the children. Each morning he would take brown paper and crayons across to the school, where he had arranged with the school teacher, Ron Trudinger, for the children to draw. Approximately 380 drawings were made by Pitjantjatjara children aged between four and 15 years, and Mountford felt very strongly that they might represent the last of such traditional influence amongst these children, who had begun 'formal' school education (Brown Men and Red Sand, pp. 31-32).

The tradition of producing artwork has continued in this region with the world renowned Ernabella Arts Centre.

Image reproduced with the permission of Ernabella Arts.

To read a description from Mountford's journal of collecting the drawings from the Ernabella children, click here.

Related names :

Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976
Ernabella Mission

Coverage year : 1940
Place : Ernabella
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Aboriginal missions in South Australia, Adelaide: Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2003

Hilliard, Winifred M. Anangu tjutaka malpa awularinya anu ngaltutjara : 32 years at Ernabella, Aboriginal Schools Resource Centre, 1986

James, Diana. Painting the song : Kaltjiti artists of the sand dune country, Fitzroy, Vic. : McCulloch & McCulloch Australian Art Books, 2009

Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia, v. 32, nos 1-2, Dec 1999: pp. 110-131, 'Ernabella Mission School: a critique' by Belinda Macgill

Sheppard, Nancy. Sojourn on another planet, Collinswood, SA: Nancy Sheppard, 2004

Survival in our own land: 'Aboriginal' experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836 told by Nungas and others, Adelaide: ALDAA in association with Hodder & Stoughton, 1988. Ch. 32

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