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The Arrernte

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This installation celebrates the Eastern, Western and Central Arrernte peoples and traditional language groups. Artists and family groups from across Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and the East and West MacDonnell Ranges have joined Parrtjima to paint iconic symbols, important totemic connections, language and pop art and all the elements that connect them.

As an ever-adapting ancient culture, Aboriginal Australians find many uses for all types of objects and materials on Country, particularly when it comes to vehicles. Cars are prized possessions, providing the opportunity to drive vast distances to reconnect to homelands. With few mechanics across the region, car parts and interiors from rusting vehicles are adapted and reused to breathe new life into wrecks once thought broken and unrepairable.

Working with community, our Arrernte vehicles have been given a new lease of life as markers of the three distinct language groups. A quirky collage of pop imagery and ancient icons, the Arrernte installation represents culture, landscape and elements of Country with a series of three cars depicting the West blending with community.

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