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‘Aboriginal Elders Teaching’ - Trephina Thanguwa Sultan

‘Aboriginal Elders Teaching’ - Trephina Thanguwa Sultan

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Artist - Trephina Thanguwa Sultan 

Title - ‘Aboriginal Elders Teaching Young Ones Hunting And Gathering Skills’

Method - Acrylic on Canvas

Size - 710mm x 1100mm

Region - Alice Springs, Central Australia 

Date - 2018

Information about the artist

Born in 1967 in Alice Springs, Trephina grew up with many uncles, aunties and cousins doting on her as a beautiful young Aboriginal girl, she was the only child in her family.

Trephina Sultan started to paint at a very young age. As a young girl she used to sit and watch her uncles, aunties, cousins and friends paint for hours at a time. She would then pick up a stick and draw her art in the dirt.

With her mother and aunty a big influence in her life, Trephina went to the English speaking school at Alice Springs. Even though English became Trephina’s first language, she was taught Luritja, the language of her family and Elders at home. Trephina, in her own words, had the best of both worlds.

The language skill she acquired stood Trephina in good stead. Acknowledged as a Luritja language specialist, she did work as an interpreter and in conjunction with colleagues and the Alice Springs Institute for Aboriginal Development, was a valuable contributor to an Aboriginal-English dictionary.

However, Trephina’s main love is painting. Her artwork drawing on the knowledge acquired in her youth, and the stories her family and Elders passed down.

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