Artist: Maureen Nampijinpa O’Keefe
Catalogue No.: 16182
Size/medium: 61 cm x 51 cm Painting
Title: Bush Therapy
This story is about healing, in the centre of the painting is a womens campw where women can come for healing, massages, smoking the body. There are many different therapy in this painting . There are smoking medicine, massaging, spiritual blessing. The mother was a spiritual healer many women came to my mother. My mother did massaging , sometimes she would smoke the women and she would sing healing songs. She made a special bed and pillow where women would sleep on. Mum would bless the woman with water and anoint her with special oil made for sick woman, who was traumatise and stayed in this special camp for a week until she was recover. No men would not enter this camp it’s where women would come for councelling and sit with elders. Mum worried about their wellbeing. She spoke about the mind, body and soul. Declutter your lives, clear your mind of rubbish, she spoke about enlightenment to be healthy and strong.