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Amata (Pitjantjarra lands, Central desert Australia)

The cold, yellow paint is brushed onto my chest first, then the black. It represents the goanna - parenti - dreaming. Wire and I get the same colours. Then Manu starts getting painted up black and white, I ask our teacher, Tjapaya "What do the colours represent?" He looks at me, as if to say, don't you know anything? and says "The magpies" the Aussie rules football team, and walks off. Once us men have been painted up then we return to the group where the women too have been