palm trees [arrangkeye] and other rare plants
tourist spot since the 1930s, Alyape (Palm Valley) has inspired
many artists. For Albert Namatjira it had a special attraction.
the status of kutungula (manager) of this country, which he inherited
from his mother Ljukutja. Namatjira's mother belonged to the clan country
around Alyape, what is now known as Palm Valley. The major site in the
area was nuagina, a place of the Yelka (Bush Onion Dreaming).
Under traditional Western Arrernte law, rites to 'manage' the country
of one's mother are as important as rights to 'own' the country of one's
network of relationships to sacred sites within Palm Valley and its wider
region connected many of the Hermannsburg artists and still connects their
descendants today. Successive generations of Western Arrernte artists
have painted there, especially Namatjira's 'nephew', Walter Ebatarinja.