Scarf Design: Land of Utopia by Anna Pitjara
Utopia region of Australia is the home to many Aboriginals covering over 3500 sq.km with the Sandover River in the vicinity. A few of them now live in the metro area of Alice Springs and others in the camping sites out in the bush. They prefer living close to the bush, taking care of their land (country). The two main languages spoken in this area are Alyawarr and Anmatyerre.
The name Utopia (Uturupa), means ‘Big Sand Hill’, a region in the northwest of Central Australia. It is an amalgamation of several large and small communities. There are only a few schools, grocery supply stores, hospitals etc. in the remote areas of Utopia. Alice Springs, the nearest town is the best place for one-stop shopping. Highways, including unsigned roads, mud roads to local communities are a rich source of red-dirt as seen in the central deserts of Australia. Often this bigger picture is referred to Sandhills by the Aboriginal artists.
Anna Pitjara comes from Utopia region of Central Australia. She belongs to the Petyarre / Pitjara family and speaks Anmatyerre language. Her dreaming’s mainly involve Body Painting, Bush Yam, Yam Seeds, Sandhill etc.