Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that the following pages may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

John Duggie is one of the most knowledgeable Alyawarra master carver. He was born in 1954 at Kurundi. He started to carve in his early 20s, his father trains him in Cultural knowledge in Murray Downs, Dalingini, Elkedra and Amaroo.

In addition of being a carver. he also paints bush tuckers and bush medicine.

John practice his art because it makes him, feel good, he enjoy teaching young people. teaching them about trees and wood.

He used to work at Anyinginyi Stronger Families as a mentor.

Mary started to paint with her mother, Jessie and her aunty Topsy Steppa, who told her their stories about anemangkarr, bush tomatoes, anaty, bush potatoes and water kwaty, rain story.

She participated to the workshops of China de la Vega in the Women’s centre building before getting involved in the art centre affiliated to Wolrd Vision with Liz Mullen.

She likes to paint Bush tuckers, flowers, landscape, traditional objects, cultural stories and hunting scene.

” I like painting when there is nothing to do, something else than being lazy, having headache”

Mary has been working for the nutrition program for a long time before it has been moved to Epenarra Outback store.

Artworks By John Duggie