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In the area now known as the Northern Territory came under the control of South Australia. By the whole area was leased to non-Indigenous people.
One of the foremost artists of the Hermannsburg Potters, Irene Entata —is known internationally for her unique painted ceramics. Although many recall the strictness and cruelty of the missionaries, some older Aboriginal Christians, including Entata, saw the mission as providing structure and purpose to the lives of local people and giving greater social cohesion to the wider community. Among the most important works Entata produced were her pots and paintings of Albert Namatjira, revealing an Arrernte perspective on the revered Australian artist.
As a girl, Entata remembered seeing Namatjira painting with his sons, along with the Pareroultja brothers Otto, Reuben and Edwin and Richard Moketarinja.
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Albert Namatjira droving depicts a young Albert droving cattle around Gilbert Spring, a water site at the base of the Krichauff Ranges, west of Ntaria Hermannsburg and south of Tnorala Gosses Bluffwhere wildflowers grow abundantly in season and food is in good supply for cattle. Across Australia, many Aboriginal men were heavily involved in the cattle industry.
Boys were frequently sent out to work as drovers and stock hands from the age of 14, and their droving skills became a source of pride as they reached adulthood. Here, Entata shows Albert among the other Aboriginal men droving cattle and sitting yarning atop cattle yard fences, surrounded by their Arrernte country in bloom.
This scene imagines the beginning of the Arrernte art movements from Ntaria, when Albert accompanied Battarbee on a painting expedition through the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Albert exchanged his skills as a cameleer and guide for painting lessons from Battarbee, and from this six-week expedition followed a lifelong friendship.
They shared a single tent and used camels to transport their swags and painting materials. The composition of the painting on this pot is strikingly similar to another work in the Collection by Entata, titled Albert and Rex paintingin which a seated Albert paints the ranges as Battarbee stands behind, pointing out elements of the landscape.
Although he became the first Aboriginal person to be granted Australian citizenship inenabling him to move to Alice Springs and seek better access to services and economic markets, he faced continued discrimination. Prevented from buying a house, he lived with members of his extended family in corrugated iron shanties in the creek bed at Morris Soak.
As a citizen, he could purchase alcohol; without a house, however, he had nowhere to store it, making it accessible to family members for whom drinking was prohibited. Convicted of supplying alcohol to Aboriginal people, Albert was jailed at Papunya for three months.
He suffered a heart attack shortly after his release and passed away in hospital in Alice Springs a few days later. On the opposite side he is incarcerated behind bars, and the lid features a moulded replica of his hetone, made by members of the Hermannsburg Potters in His granddaughter, Elaine Kngwarria Namatjira, led the project, with assistance from Elizabeth Jane Moketarinja and Kay Panangka Tucker, ensuring their important Elder had a fitting memorial.
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